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Modern Lovers

Modern Lovers

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"Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the 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, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose--about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them--can never be reclaimed. Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions--be they food, or friendship, or music--never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781594634673
Branch Call Number: F STRAU-E
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 31, 2020

DGG: Some might consider this chicklit but I call it something much more sophisticated than that. Funny, charming plot — about neighbours and nosiness, youth and middle age — interesting characters, terrific figurative language. A great way to forget about the pandemic.

LPL_IlkaI Jun 30, 2019

What drew me to Modern Lovers was that two lines from "Range Life" by Pavement was quoted within the first few pages. What made me stay was the relatability and friendship between the core characters during their "older" years. Modern Lovers makes a great go-to for the times you want a page turner that doesn't bog you down with a weighty plot or have to commit to a lengthy series. Fun summer read!

Mar 26, 2019


Jul 23, 2018

Bland characters who are constantly and uninterestingly stuck on recalling the past. Even events in present day are discussed passively and after they've happened. The storyline drags and stays flat throughout. I'll get through it, but it's an unmemorable read.

Feb 16, 2017

Enjoyed this a lot!

Jan 06, 2017

Pretty solid read, with some interesting characters.

Dec 26, 2016

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!).

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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Dec 27, 2018

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.


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