The Adults

The Adults

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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 bare--in perfect pitch--a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439191859
Branch Call Number: FIC/ESPACH
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

Perceptive, sharp-witted Emily narrates her transition into adulthood from a place of retrospection, vividly capturing both the attitude and naïveté of a teenager, and the darkness of experience and regret. The effect is at once entertaining, distressing, and provocative. In this gritty, original work about love, friendship, and family, the intersection between childhood and adulthood blurs and the reader keeps turning the pages.

Feb 18, 2012

A very well written first novel. A witty and ironic look at coming of age. The main characters were well developed however the secondary characters could have used more rounding. The plot is well paced with the settings described well.


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