All Grown Up

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 7, 2017 - Fiction - 208 pages
4 Reviews
A National Bestseller

“I read it twice, laughing, cringing, and even tearing up.” — Judy Blume, New York Times

“Powerful . . . All Grown Up is so intimately [and] sharply observed.” — Vogue
 
“Bravo to Attenberg, who, with hilarity and honesty, tells the story of an adult woman who wants what she wants, not what she’s supposed to want.” — Marie Claire
 
Who is Andrea Bern? When her dippy 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 a different idea of what it means to be an adult, though. 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 powers as a storyteller and a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.
 

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Andrea Bern is a 40-something, never married, Jewish woman living in New York. Her story is told through a series of vignettes...not chronologically. Through these vignettes, we see Andrea's ... Read full review

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A slightly amusing and somewhat sad story of being a young-ish single Jewish woman in New York city in the 21st century. Lots of sex, drugs and family complexity, with a certain amount of tragedy ... 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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