Other People We Married by Emma Straub

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In Other People We Married, Straub creates characters as recognizable as a best friend, and follows them through moments of triumph and transformation with wit, vulnerability, and dazzling insight. In “Some People Must Really Fall in Love,” an assistant professor takes halting steps into the awkward world of office politics while harboring feelings for a freshman student. Two sisters struggle with old assumptions about each other as they stumble to build a new relationship in “A Map of Modern Palm Springs.” In “Puttanesca,” two widows move tentatively forward, still surrounded by ghosts and disappointments from the past. These twelve stories, filled with sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language, announce the arrival of a major new talent.
 

About Emma Straub

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EMMA STRAUB'S fiction and nonfiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, Time, Slate, and The New York Times, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she also works as a bookseller.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Riverhead. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Like Franny, the unhappily married (or at least unfulfilled, for happiness may be beyond the emotional range of so many of Straub’s characters) protagonist of three of these stories: “She still thought she was a cow with her leftover baby weight and yet insisted on wearing those stupid pigtails a...

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Publishers Weekly

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Though fresh and satisfying insights can surface in even the most common terrain, this debut story collection, from the daughter of horror heavyweight Peter Straub, offers little originality or wit.

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New York Journal of Books

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Straub, who, in the jacket copy of her collection of short stories, Other People We Married, is compared with both Ann Beattie and Lorrie Moore, is actually cheated by the comparison, as hers is a voice unique from even these, even if the geography of her stories compares with that of the others,...

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Dallas News

In Emma Straub’s witty debut story collection, Other People We Married, New Yorkers venture outside their home city to see what the rest of America has to offer, and these trips force the realities of their relationships into stark relief.

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San Francisco Chronicle

One of Straub's finest stories, "Puttanesca," centers on a young widow's almost-good-enough love affair: "She screamed a little, but her mouth was directly on Stephen's, and the sound just went somewhere inside him, down into his lungs where it would turn around, and come back as something else, ...

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Pank Magazine

Despite her language and prose style – both of which are lovely – this balanced collection possesses the unique quality of feeling somehow unwritten, as if the stories were born by themselves.

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