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Emma Straub

"It's 'Friends' meets 'Almost Famous' meets the beach read you'll be recommending all summer." -TheSkimm From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college- and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in. 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.

"It's 'Friends' meets 'Almost Famous' meets the beach read you'll be recommending all summer." -TheSkimm From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college- and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in. 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.
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"It's 'Friends' meets 'Almost Famous' meets the beach read you'll be recommending all summer." -TheSkimm From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college- and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jen Tullock

Length:

9h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

08:51


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

05:21


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

05:26


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

06:09


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

10:40


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

10:52


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

08:27


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

04:04


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

10:53


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

08:47


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

07:13


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

07:05


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

06:25


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

06:50


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

10:24


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

07:28


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

13:30


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

05:25


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

07:43


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

06:10


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

08:41


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

13:38


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

03:03


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

08:25


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

09:04


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

11:42


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

03:34


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

06:02


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

08:00


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

05:01


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

09:37


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

07:00


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

10:18


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

06:35


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

09:00


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

07:52


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

08:38


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

06:35


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

05:49


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

07:10


Part 2, Chapter 41
Part 2, Chapter 41

08:49


Part 2, Chapter 42
Part 2, Chapter 42

02:41


Part 2, Chapter 43
Part 2, Chapter 43

10:24


Part 2, Chapter 44
Part 2, Chapter 44

02:32


Part 2, Chapter 45
Part 2, Chapter 45

06:45


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

06:45


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

05:58


Part 3, Chapter 48
Part 3, Chapter 48

11:51


Part 3, Chapter 49
Part 3, Chapter 49

03:50


Part 3, Chapter 50
Part 3, Chapter 50

06:42


Part 3, Chapter 51
Part 3, Chapter 51

07:34


Part 3, Chapter 52
Part 3, Chapter 52

09:48


Part 3, Chapter 53
Part 3, Chapter 53

05:55


Part 3, Chapter 54
Part 3, Chapter 54

08:40


Part 3, Chapter 55
Part 3, Chapter 55

07:25


Part 3, Chapter 56
Part 3, Chapter 56

04:27


Part 3, Chapter 57
Part 3, Chapter 57

06:18


Part 3, Chapter 58
Part 3, Chapter 58

06:07


Part 3, Chapter 59
Part 3, Chapter 59

11:07


Part 3, Chapter 60
Part 3, Chapter 60

07:12


Part 3, Chapter 61
Part 3, Chapter 61

06:42


Part 3, Chapter 62
Part 3, Chapter 62

07:20


Part 3, Chapter 63
Part 3, Chapter 63

04:50


Part 3, Chapter 64
Part 3, Chapter 64

09:54


Part 3, Chapter 65
Part 3, Chapter 65

15:27


Part 3, Chapter 66
Part 3, Chapter 66

06:47


Part 3, Chapter 67
Part 3, Chapter 67

07:03


Part 3, Chapter 68
Part 3, Chapter 68

03:35


Part 3, Chapter 69
Part 3, Chapter 69

03:02


Part 3, Chapter 70
Part 3, Chapter 70

06:35


Part 3, Chapter 71
Part 3, Chapter 71

07:28


Part 4, Chapter 72
Part 4, Chapter 72

10:06


Part 4, Chapter 73
Part 4, Chapter 73

00:25