All Adults Here

All Adults Here

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is intentionally pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

Title:All Adults Here
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781594634697
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    All Adults Here Reviews

  • JanB

    The book starts out with quirky, delightful characters. 68-year-old Astrid witnesses the accidental death of an acquaintance, decides life is short, and it's time to right wrongs. It’s time to revea...

  • Marialyce

    It seems that many authors believe in the more is better philosophy in writing books these days. They cram every bit of what's in vogue into their stories and oftentimes all these topics overwhelm the...

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars.All aboard the Strick family dysfunction train!When Astrid Strick witnesses a long-time nemesis get hit by a bus, it suddenly makes her realize two things: life is too short, so she needs to...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    My brain cells sending me “S.O.S.” messages because in the short time I haven’t read something literally throwing so many social, political, emotional, sexual issues at my face! I wanted to dunk...

  • Brandice

    Witnessing a fatal bus accident, Astrid Strick experiences an epiphany and decides she will reveal a big secret to her three children, Elliott, Porter, and Nicky — They’re all adults here, but Ast...

  • Ceecee

    This is a very thoughtful book which encompasses many themes which surround the dynamic of family. The novel starts dramatically with Astrid Strick witnessing a death of someone she didn’t especiall...

  • Jenna

    Like a visit to (an even more unbelievably Utopic, if that’s even possible) Star’s Hollow, with all the family angst and worry and developmentally arrested adults and preternaturally mature teens,...

  • Sofia

    This book begins with a death and ends with a new life. The Strick family is falling apart. Siblings are estranged, marriages are broken, and children are sent away. But after a school bus accident ki...

  • Barbara

    Emma Straub has rapidly become one of my favored authors. She excels in domestic fiction with flawed and quirky characters, all having great intentions, and failing to deliver on those intentions. Str...

  • Michelle

    4.5 rounded up. This book isn’t for everyone, but for whatever reason it just made me really happy. I read this at the right time and while I’ve seen reviews from friends who mentioned the kitchen...