Synopses & Reviews
A rising literary star debuts with twelve wry, poignant stories of love, hope, and transformation. In 'Some People Must Really Fall In Love,' an assistant professor takes halting steps into the awkward, adult world of office politics and blind dates while harboring feelings for one of her freshman students. Two grown sisters struggle with old assumptions about each other as they stumble to build a new relationship in 'A Map of Modern Palm Springs.' Rome is the setting of 'Puttanesca,' as two young widows move tentatively forward, still surrounded by ghosts and disappointments from the past. These twelve stories, filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language that are sure to become Straub's hallmarks, announce the arrival of a major new talent.
""Narrator Coleen Marlo delivers the collection impeccably. She sets the appropriate tone for each story and captures the essence of the diverse characters with subtle style. Along with expressing the discomfort of difficult decisions to be made, she enhances the humorous small details sprinkled throughout."" - AudioFile Magazine
""Coleen Marlo does a fine reading of all the stories."" - Sound Commentary
""Psychologically acute, often very funny...A fresh voice from a writer who deserves discovery."" - Kirkus Reviews
""...the language is clear and lovely and packed with imagery that will immerse you in a character's world in just a few short pages. The stories are also very funny."" - BookPage, ""The Book Case""
""Emma Straub is a wry, witty, incisively observant writer."" - Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply and Stay Awake
""Other People We Married is a revelation."" - Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America and A Gate at the Stairs
A debut collection of quirky, thoughtful, and resonating short stories by Emma Straub.
About the Author
Emma Straub is from New York City. Her debut story collection Other People We Married, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, Slate, Cousin Corinne's Reminder, and many other journals, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Emma lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.