Modern Lovers
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.

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 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.

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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Modern Lovers Reviews

  • ♡ Kim ♡
    Sep 20, 2016

    ♡ Kim ♡

    Yay! I won! :) Thank you Goodreads First Reads! ...

  • Barbara
    Aug 17, 2016


    For fans of Emma Straub’s “Vacationers”, this new novel will not disappoint. Straub captures contemporary life and makes us laugh at ourselves.In this novel, Straub explores the impact of college friends who stay close through middle life. Three friends who met at Oberli...

  • Nancy Brisson
    Aug 16, 2016

    Nancy Brisson

    Literature right now is looking at families and, just lately a surprising number of these families live in New York City. Perhaps it is because diversity has long been tolerated by sophisticated New Yorkers. Perhaps it is the desire, held in abeyance by many of us, to live in New York ...

  • Tooter
    Aug 8, 2016


    3.5 Stars ...

  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jul 29, 2016

    Jaclyn Crupi

    Loved this. Such a sweet and charming read. It's about young love and middle-aged love and how quickly time passes. It's about children coming to realise their parents were young once. It's about Brooklyn (perhaps a little bit too much about Brooklyn). It's about self-discovery at any ...

  • Kalen
    Jul 25, 2016


    I think this has been my favorite of Emma's books--she just gets better and better. ...

  • Obsidian
    Jul 19, 2016


    Please note that I gave this book 1.5 stars and rounded it up to 2 stars on Goodreads.Something nice: I liked the cover and the first few chapters of the book actually flowed together okay. That said, this book was too all over the place for me to ever get a handle on while reading. I ...

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 17, 2016


    privileged brooklyners experience middle-age ennui. cue the world's smallest violin. ...

  • debra
    Jul 11, 2016


    At first I wasn't sure if I would finish-but Emma Straub writes really well. As I spent more time with her characters I began enjoying that time more fully. It entertained in a pleasant way and kept me listening. It's not going to knock your socks off-it was -well-nice.PS I liked the a...

  • Sarah
    Jul 9, 2016


    This took a while to get into but ended up being perfect for me right now, since taking vitamin D supplements and reading books set in New York in the summertime are the most direct ways to experience summer as a San Franciscan. I liked the currency of: the food scene in a small Brookl...