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Other People We Married


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Emma Straub is the New York Times?bestselling author of Modern Lovers, The Vacationers, and Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveler, and she is a contributing writer for Rookie. Straub's work has been published in fifteen countries.


"Other People We Married is a revelation."
--Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America and A Gate at the Stairs

"Emma Straub is worthy of our adoration. These stories are wise, surprising, hilarious, and unforgettable."
--Karen Russell, author of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia! "Emma Straub is a wry, witty, incisively observant writer."
--Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply "Emma Straub's stories mean that there are fewer lonely people in the world; they are the best kind of company. I'm giddy about their very existence, the way you get giddy when you meet someone you'd like to know for a long, long time. I look forward to knowing Emma Straub's fiction for a long, long time."
--Thisbe Nissen, author of The Good People of New York and Osprey Island "Razor sharp and tenderhearted, funny and wrenching. Emma Straub's stories take place in all the messy, fascinating, uncanny corners of contemporary relationships."
--Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners "Emma Straub has such a graceful, brittle, subversive voice that it takes a moment after you surface from her stories, drugged with pleasure and ringing with sharp insight, to realize how deeply she loves and understands humanity. Other People We Married is a terrific collection of stories, and Emma Straub is a joyous marvel of a writer."
--Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton and Delicate Edible Birds "The smarts and humor of a Lorrie Moore or a Laurie Colwin or a Laurie Anderson--any number of Lauries."
--Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead, for the Oxford American

Straub's debut collection of 12 stories mixes regret, remorse, and ironic insight to highlight couples and decisions. The big choices are already made (marriage, children, staying together or not), and yet small, everyday decisions can change a relationship completely with blinding speed. Narrator Coleen Marlo easily carries all of the characters in her voice. Even with multiple players in a single story, she smoothly transitions between men/women and young/old. -VERDICT Recommended for readers (both men and women) of pithy short stories of young couples set in modern times. ["These stories of love in its various permutations, gone wrong and right, are told with a captivating wryness...that readers will find tremendously appealing," read the review of the Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA) pb, LJ 2/15/12.-Ed.]-J. Sara Paulk, Wythe--Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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