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All Adults Here: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Emma Straub

Narrated By: Emily Rankin

Date: May 2020

Duration: 11 hours 5 minutes





'In a time when all we want is hope, it’s a beautiful book to reach for.' -Jenna Bush Hager

“Literary sunshine.”—New York Times

'Brimming with kindness, forgiveness, humor and love and yet (magically) also a page turner that held me captive until it was finished. This is Emma Straub's absolute best and the world will love it. I love it.' —Ann Patchett

A warm, funny, and keenly perceptive novel about the life cycle of one family--as the kids become parents, grandchildren become teenagers, and a matriarch confronts the legacy of her mistakes. From the New York Times bestselling author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers.

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 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.


  • LCaldwell

    Not bad, i just found it kind of boring. A story of one families life, not much more than that.

  • Anonymous

    Fun summer read touching on many topics / conflicts, characters interwoven in an engaging way

  • Phyllis S.

    Not my favorite genre. I found it boring at times and difficult to stay tuned into the storyline. I've read Straub before and this is not one of her more interesting books.

  • Anonymous

    While the narrator was good, I found it hard to resonate with the story. Except for Cecilia, I found most of the characters annoying.

  • Pamela G.

    Why does the f word have to be used so often?

  • Anonymous

    Loved this

  • Ding47

    This was a fun book to read! It was great to get the viewpoints of so many characters. The author also did a good job describing the community and different interests there. It was enjoyable and ended too soon!

  • Donna M.

    I really enjoyed this novel and all the different characters-- each with a story that was of interest and current in our society. Fast listen-- kept going back to it to see what happens next.

  • Anonymous

    This book reminds us to assume the best intentions in others...

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