All Grown Up

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 7, 2017 - Fiction - 208 pages
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke.
 
But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.
 

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User Review  - JOlson724 - LibraryThing

I loved this! It was disjointed, all over the place, and that made it surprisingly wonderful and relatable. It's very real, and written in a way that feels like a friend telling you a story. It's a ... Read full review

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

In these clever, savvy linked stories within the shroud of family illness, Jami Attenberg does a fine job of inserting us into the life of Andrea Bern. Frustrated painter, advertising whiz, conflicted ... Read full review

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Contents

The Apartment
1
Andrea
9
Indigo Gets Married
14
Charlotte
21
Chloe
33
Sigrid
42
Indigo Has A Baby
53
Evelyn
63
Nina
127
Indigo Gets A Divorce
135
Girl
144
Greta
154
The Actress
166
All Grown Up
177
Come Together
188
Back Matter
199

The Last Man On Earth
74
Felicia
90
Betsy
103
The Dinner Party
116
Back Flap
201
Back Cover
202
Spine
203
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JAMI ATTENBERG is the New York Times best-selling author of six novels, including The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie. She has contributed essays about sex, urban life, and food to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and Lenny Letter, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans, LA.

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