Monday, February 07, 2011

2011 book 40

Alison Espach's The Adults
Emily Vidal is 14 years old, it's the 1990s, and on the day of her father's big fiftieth birthday party, she's told her parents are divorcing and her father is moving to Prague. Then she catches him kissing their next-door neighbor, whose son Emily has a crush on. Soon after all that, high school starts, along with an affair with one of her teachers. And then we see post-collegiate Emily with her father in Prague, and other glimpses of her adult life. Things happen in a somewhat jarring way because of the skips forward in time, but while the characters aren't always likable, they are always interesting. Pretty good read. B+.

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