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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.
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By RueRue on 03-23-17
I liked this one
An unusual book. The first-person narrator is clearly somewhat disfunctional (indiscriminate sex, too much alcohol, few solid relationships) but she's somehow relatable and even likeable. She is also very witty, and the narration by Mia Barron definetely brings this out.
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By Sudi on 05-02-17
Interesting Take on a Young Woman's Life
The book reads sort of like a series of realizations which the main character undergoes in her day to day life. They seem disconnected somewhat... but it doesn't distract the reader from being drawn into her life.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful