VIRTUAL EVENT: Ladies of Summer 2020 with Emma Straub and J. Courtney Sullivan

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

We're thrilled to welcome celebrated novelists Emma Straub and J. Courtney Sullivan to our first-ever VIRTUAL Ladies of Summer event! Both authors are staff and community favorites and we could not be more thrilled and honored to host them as they celebrate the publication of their newest novels. All Adults Here by Straub was published in May 2020 and Friends and Strangers by Sullivan will be published on Tuesday, June 30 - the day of our event! 

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While we're disappointed to not be gathering together, we hope you'll grab a glass of wine and join us for an uplifting and engaging discussion with two fiction writers at the top of their craft. 


New York Times-bestselling author Emma Straub returns with a new novel (and staff favorite!) All Adults Here which follows protagonist Astrid Strick as she wrestles with her past and how the decisions she made have impacted her family now comprised of three grown children. 

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is 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.

Emma Straub is the author of three other novels: The VacationersModern Lovers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York


Friends and Strangers is an insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life.

Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms’ Facebook group, her “influencer” sister’s Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she’s always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She’s worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences.

A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Saints for All Occasions, The Engagements, Maine, and CommencementMaine was named a 2011 Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a Washington Post Notable Book.The Engagements was one of People magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year, and has been translated into seventeen languages. She has contributed to The New York Times Book Review, the Chicago TribuneNew York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


All Adults Here: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634697
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2020

Friends and Strangers: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520597
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Published: Knopf - June 30th, 2020

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Darien, CT 06820-4127