The Adults: A Novel (Google eBook)
In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love.
At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily’s father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal’s patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved.
An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare—in perfect pitch—a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - meganelizabeth - LibraryThing
Interesting as a coming of age novel that doesn’t resort to an overly clichéd ending. Modern prose, which took a bit of time for me to get used to, with little episodes of non-chronological additions ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - zmagic69 - LibraryThing
I read where the author of this book teaches creative writing, what a surprise. In New York, what a bigger surprise, Not. From the city of elitist garbage comes "The Adults" by Alison Espach. This ... Read full review