Book Talk – Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Welcome to an occasional feature on Book Club Mom called Book Talk, home to quick previews of books that catch my eye.

I got a beautiful hard cover edition of Modern Lovers last summer, a freebie when I signed up for our library’s summer reading challenge. I got to choose from a bunch of books on a cart and I went straight to Straub’s Modern Lovers because I had just read and really liked her earlier book, The Vacationers.

Modern Lovers was published in 2016 and is about three friends from college who are approaching fifty and how they try to hold onto the identities of their youth. Once members of an edgy band, they’re now raising hormonal teenagers with active social lives. The story is about three friends, but it’s also about the rise and fall of a famous fourth band member who left them years earlier.

Set in Brooklyn, where the three friends live near each other, the book jacket describes Modern Lovers as “a richly 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.”

I had forgotten all about this one until today. I hope I can get to it soon. Take a look at your bookshelf. Do you have any you’d forgotten? Leave me a comment and tell me which one!

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10 thoughts on “Book Talk – Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

    1. It sounds good, doesn’t it? I’m going to try to read it soon. I have to read Manhattan Beach and The Monster of Florence (work) first. Let me know if you read it! Thanks for being a loyal reader, Jill. Stay warm!

  1. Barbara, I can see why you’ve come back to this book and it sounds very interesting. One book I have just picked up from my shelf after I bought it last year is Lulah Ellender’s ‘Elisabeth’s List’. I’ve just started it and is superb! It is a memoir of her grandmother who kept lists all her adult life, from the minutiae of eggs eaten every day during the war, to all the items shipped back and forth across her diplomatic moves. However, the book is so much more, intertwining with the author’s life and her mother’s life and battle with cancer, the disease that killed her grandmother when her children were still young. The writing is wonderful, the execution of the various elements brilliant … a book I hadn’t expected to enjoy so much. Actually, I was dreading starting another book once I’d finished the amazing Youngblood Hawke … one I will never forget and I feel like I’ve watched the movie! Thank you for all your great recommendations and hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. xx

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