Modern Lovers is Emma Straub's newest book. I picked up the audiobook version of it, and it was a lot of fun. Lots of different characters and their entertwined relationships kept me on my toes.
My rating: 4 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
From the New York Times‒bestselling author of The Vacationers,
a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends
from college—their own kids now going to college—and what it means to
finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.
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.
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 adults' 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.
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