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AUTHOR: Emma Straub
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books
DATE: 2020
PAGES: 356
AWARDS: Bisexual Book Awards for Fiction (2020)

All Adults Here

by Emma Straub

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


A main character (Astrid) identifies herself as bisexual on-page.

QUOTES (may contain spoilers)

“”I wouldn’t call myself a lesbian,” Astrid said. “Just to be clear, I’m bisexual. I think that’s the word one would use. Not that I’m using a word!” Though it did feel electric to say out loud, and Astrid looked forward to saying it again, in private, just for fun, to see if it zipped up her spine again, like the county fair game with the hammer and the bell.”
— from All Adults Here by Emma Straub

“At camp, everyone was experimenting with something: macramé, bisexuality, slime, ultimate frisbee, French kissing, makeup, shaving their legs. August decided to start with a new name.”
— from All Adults Here by Emma Straub

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