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Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Pushkin Press

About The Book

Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and struggling with a feeling of panic as she realises her chances of motherhood are rapidly falling away from her. She’s navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs – but tries to put a pause on these worries as she heads out to the seaside family cabin for her mother’s 65th birthday. That is, until some supposedly wonderful news from her sister sets old tensions simmering, building to an almighty clash between Ida and her sister, her
mother, and her entire family.

My Thoughts

A short story full of deep feelings and complex characters that will make you see your “unperfect” family with different eyes!
Do you have brothers or sisters? Do you have a good or a bad relationship with them? It’s quite difficult for the parents to be objective with our children, there’s always one that will fit more your thoughts and likes while an other one that you always clash with; it doesn’t mean that you are favoriting one or the other but maybe for them it is…
This is the story of a dysfunctional family and all the members in it. Ida and her sister Marthe, they really hate each other and we can say that love to hurt each other too… the parents are not good either… But this is what makes this story so original and special; you don’t like the characters or the way they act but they put you in perspective of our own family situation.
I think this is a book that will be loved or hated, it’s never easy to see our life in fresh eyes and see that the way we have been acting is not fair; I think this is the point of this book. To show the readers that no one is perfect and that the way you feel within the relations of your life can be seen differently depending on who’s life it is.
Being a “Grown Up” is not easy, are you ready to face the truth?

About The Author

Marie Aubert made her debut in 2016 with the short story collection Can I Come Home With You, which sold more than 10,000 copies in Norway. Grown Ups is her first novel, and won the Young People’s Critics’ Prize (Norway’s equivalent to the Goncourt des lyceens) and was nominated for the Booksellers’ Prize. Rights have already been sold in ten other countries.