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Other People We Married [Paperback]

Emma Straub

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Feb. 7 2012
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.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Original edition (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594486069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594486067
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

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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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Talent to be Reckoned With Aug. 30 2011
By E. M. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb New Voice Feb. 18 2012
By Robert C. Edmonds - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly entertaining... July 9 2014
By Colette Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting reading but I'm not glued to it. Maybe not what I expected, maybe further reading will be more intriguing.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I had expected Oct. 31 2013
By Special mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this although I waited a long time to read due to faulty expectation. I expected psychological analysis of marriages and instead got very FINE short stories.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection Sept. 24 2012
By porqueno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A thoroughly entertaining collection of short stories. Emma Straub has a great voice and vision that speaks to my generation.

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