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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Original edition (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781594486067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594486067
  • ASIN: 1594486069
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #411,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other People We Married is a revelation.”
—Lorrie Moore, author of Birds of America and A Gate at the Stairs

“Emma Straub is worthy of our adoration. These stories are wise, surprising, hilarious, and unforgettable.”
—Karen Russell, author of St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Swamplandia!

“Emma Straub is a wry, witty, incisively observant writer.”
—Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply

“Emma Straub’s stories mean that there are fewer lonely people in the world; they are the best kind of company. I’m giddy about their very existence, the way you get giddy when you meet someone you’d like to know for a long, long time. I look forward to knowing Emma Straub’s fiction for a long, long time.”
—Thisbe Nissen, author of The Good People of New York and Osprey Island

“Razor sharp and tenderhearted, funny and wrenching. Emma Straub’s stories take place in all the messy, fascinating, uncanny corners of contemporary relationships.”
—Kelly Link, author of Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners

“Emma Straub has such a graceful, brittle, subversive voice that it takes a moment after you surface from her stories, drugged with pleasure and ringing with sharp insight, to realize how deeply she loves and understands humanity. Other People We Married is a terrific collection of stories, and Emma Straub is a joyous marvel of a writer.”
—Lauren Groff, author of The Monsters of Templeton and Delicate Edible Birds

“The smarts and humor of a Lorrie Moore or a Laurie Colwin or a Laurie Anderson—any number of Lauries.”
—Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead, for the Oxford American

About the Author

Emma Straub is from New York City. Her fiction and non-fiction 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. Emma lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she also works as a bookseller.

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A meditation on solitude - that special solitude cultured in relationships. A well written collection of stories capturing all the nuances of despair, focussing on those moments when decisions are made that alter the day to day self-deceptions we most often subscribe to in our lives. A painful read, but one that is curiously optimistic as well.
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A Talent to be Reckoned With Aug. 30 2011
By E. M. Jenkins - Published on
This is one of the best and most impressive collections by a new writer to come out in a long while. My personal favorites are 'Fly-Over State,' 'Some People Must Really Fall in Love,' 'Hot Spring Eternal' and 'Pearls.' Franny is one of the most memorable and well-crafter characters of recent memory. If you enjoy the folks like Jennifer Egan, Salinger, Eudora Welty, Straub's tales will ring true and make your day.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Superb New Voice Feb. 18 2012
By Robert C. Edmonds - Published on
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Emma Straub has written a wonderful, original collection of stories that are riveting portraits of our intimate relationships from the inside out. Each story seems to take the reader a step further, almost as if the author knew we would resist confronting the honesty and clarity of her revelations and wanted to let us into this rarefied vision gently. I couldn't put this book down, and as soon as I read the final story, "Hot Springs Eternal" - which had me marveling at the universality of certain human experiences - I sent copies off to those among my friend who love great new fiction.
Five Stars Aug. 22 2015
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A unique and wonderful new voice! Love her characters and hope to read more from her.
smart and thought provoking Oct. 12 2014
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Sharp, smart and thought provoking.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great collection Sept. 24 2012
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A thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories. Emma Straub has a great voice and vision that speaks to my generation.