Two years ago, Nashvillians met novelist Emma Straub during her stint here as a visiting writer at Vanderbilt. Having read early copies of her soon-to-be-breakout bestseller, The Vacationers, we at the bookstore didn’t think we could love the author of this book more — that is, until we got to know Straub and her delightful family. The Straubs went back to New York despite our pleas to stay in Nashville forever; but now Emma’s coming back for a visit, this time with another story (again, a bestseller), the tale of college friends all grown-up and navigating adulthood, Modern Lovers.
In a review for The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani praised Straub’s “verve and sympathetic understanding of her characters.” Maybe it’s those very qualities that made us fall for Straub herself. If she can empathize with her flawed, stubborn, fictional people, surely she can understand all of us human beings, too?
To further prove that Straub is the brilliant yet humble pal you’ve always wanted to have, please enjoy these snapshots from her book tour thus far and the captions she wrote to go with them. And don’t miss her visit to Parnassus Books next Tuesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. right here in the store.
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