Modern Lovers

Modern Lovers

Book - 2016
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Back in their band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn. But nothing has aged them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. As secrets and revelations are finally let loose-- about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them-- the stability of their lives can never be reclaimed.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781594634673
159463467X
Branch Call Number: Fiction Str
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm

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mrs_straub
Feb 16, 2017

Enjoyed this a lot!

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KatG1983
Jan 06, 2017

Pretty solid read, with some interesting characters.

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abbi_g
Dec 26, 2016

"There was nothing about youth that was fair: the young hadn't done anything to deserve it, and the old hadn't done anything to drive it away."

In my humble opinion, Modern Lovers is an better version of Emma Straub's novel, The Vacationers minus the vacation getaway with friends. Straub touches on the highs & lows of a long-term marriage, which helped make the story more personable and enjoyable. I also appreciated the detail she put into describing the story's Brooklyn setting, which made me want to visit NYC again very soon. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun novel to read.

Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Sep 15, 2016

An amusing and upbeat novel about relationships, parenting, and coming to terms with the realities of adulthood and growing older, while passing the “youth” torch to the next generation. I enjoyed the use of alternating third person narratives, mainly because the author does a great job of developing the characters as refreshingly human and likable, with warts and all. Straub has written a witty and engaging novel, a perfect beach read (which is where I read it!).

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brangwinn
Aug 21, 2016

Shifting perspectives happen as people mature. Take 4 college students who form a popular band in the 1980’s, with a lead singer who goes on to fake performing a song by Elizabeth. The early death of the lead singer doesn’t really impact the other three because they’ve gone on with their lives in Brooklyn NY, Elizabeth and Andrew have married and have a son. Zoe has married Jane and have their daughter Ruby. It’s a look at growing up and being able to move beyond problems to create a satisfying Now and Future.

ehbooklover Aug 21, 2016

I hemmed and hawed about reading this book because I had been disappointed in the author's previous title, The Vacationers. I decided to give it a shot after seeing a lot of buzz about it and I'm glad that I did. I really liked this one! I loved all of the characters and spent an entire Sunday afternoon immersed in their lives. A wonderful read about two different generations: one who is coming of age and one who is getting older and looking back at their youth.

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