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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 barein perfect pitcha world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.

Review:

"In Espach's charming coming-of-age debut, 14-year-old Emily Vidal's life begins to veer off course at her father's 50th birthday party when he announces that he and her mother are divorcing. The birthday night ends with dad kissing the neighbor, Mrs. Resnick, in the woods, where Emily and Mrs. Resnick's son, Mark, discover them. The disorienting discoveries continue: Mark's ailing father commits suicide, and Mrs. Resnick is pregnant with Emily's dad's baby. With dad off to Prague and her mother undone by the affair and hitting the bottle, Emily loses faith in all the adults around her, even as she is becoming one of them. Emily starts an affair with an English teacher 10 years her senior, mostly to see how far she can go, which turns out to be pretty far. She and the teacher, Jonathan, who leaves teaching to become a lawyer, return to each other again and again as Emily graduates from college and moves to Prague to be with her father. Espach perfects the snarky, postironic deadpan of the 1990s and teenagers everywhere, and her ear for modern speech and eye for fresh detail transform a familiar story into an education in what it means to be a grown-up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

The Adults is a cracked-up coming of age novel set in the suburbs of Connecticut.  In a world of over-sexed and under-sexed parents, suicidal neighbors and horny high school teachers, teenage girls and boys screaming for attention, i.e. nose jobs, everybody is starved for something (sometimes quite literally for food).  The novel spans a decade in Emily Vidal’s life as she discovers what it means to grow up, or she discovers that its quite impossible for her to grow up, or she discovers that it’s impossible for anybody to grow up in this world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.

Synopsis:

   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.

 

 

About the Author

Alison Espach received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.  Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s and other journals. She lives in New York City, where she is currently teaching creative writing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439191859
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Espach, Alison
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Coming of age
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20110201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 320 pages Scribner - English 9781439191859 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Espach's charming coming-of-age debut, 14-year-old Emily Vidal's life begins to veer off course at her father's 50th birthday party when he announces that he and her mother are divorcing. The birthday night ends with dad kissing the neighbor, Mrs. Resnick, in the woods, where Emily and Mrs. Resnick's son, Mark, discover them. The disorienting discoveries continue: Mark's ailing father commits suicide, and Mrs. Resnick is pregnant with Emily's dad's baby. With dad off to Prague and her mother undone by the affair and hitting the bottle, Emily loses faith in all the adults around her, even as she is becoming one of them. Emily starts an affair with an English teacher 10 years her senior, mostly to see how far she can go, which turns out to be pretty far. She and the teacher, Jonathan, who leaves teaching to become a lawyer, return to each other again and again as Emily graduates from college and moves to Prague to be with her father. Espach perfects the snarky, postironic deadpan of the 1990s and teenagers everywhere, and her ear for modern speech and eye for fresh detail transform a familiar story into an education in what it means to be a grown-up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , The Adults is a cracked-up coming of age novel set in the suburbs of Connecticut.  In a world of over-sexed and under-sexed parents, suicidal neighbors and horny high school teachers, teenage girls and boys screaming for attention, i.e. nose jobs, everybody is starved for something (sometimes quite literally for food).  The novel spans a decade in Emily Vidal’s life as she discovers what it means to grow up, or she discovers that its quite impossible for her to grow up, or she discovers that it’s impossible for anybody to grow up in this world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.
"Synopsis" by ,    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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