All Grown up

All Grown up

Book - 2017
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Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780544824249
0544824245
Call Number: ATTENBERG
Characteristics: 197 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Terminally ill children -- Fiction.
Anxiety -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Single women -- Fiction.

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Chapel_Hill_ShannonB Aug 21, 2017

I enjoyed this short, funny novel about a woman living in NYC. I like Attenburg's writing style and the book unfolds in a non-linear fashion, structured like a collection of short stories. The main character struggles with some inner-demons and family tragedies and her story is sometimes dark and occasionally sweet. This is a good quick read about wanting, but also resisting, adulthood.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 08, 2017

Structured like a collection of short stories featured with different lead character, not linear, but I only see some connections of the consecutive chapters.
Brutally honest, no surprise, though often heartfelt. I'm not keen on the theme of women being victimized.
My favorite chapter is "Actress", in a consistent linguistic style with the rest of the book, but flawless, with humor and compassion.
I was almost (but not) brought to tears by Andrea's interaction with her father in"All Grown Up".
The final chapter didn't work for me at all.

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NFN
May 05, 2017

Repetitive tales of an immature, boring woman with few interests.

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