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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