Thursday, February 16, 2017

Modern Lovers

Brooklyn. Relationships can become complicated as they change over time. With a light touch and much psychological insight, Emma Straub explores this subject in her novel titled, Modern Lovers. Four Oberlin students, Lydia, Elizabeth, Andrew and Zoe formed a band they called “Kitty’s Mustache.” Lydia made one of their songs famous before she died of an overdose in her late twenties. The novel, set mostly in contemporary Brooklyn, shows the other band members dealing with all the expected concerns: midlife crisis, children coming of age, real estate and longing for fulfillment. Aging hipsters and Brooklyn could have fallen into rapid stereotype, but Straub makes the characters complex and interesting, while keeping the story light and engaging. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Modern Lovers from

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