All Grown Up (Paperback)

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March 2017 Indie Next List

“Though Andrea Berg hasn't hit society's milestones for adulthood - no husband, no baby, an anemic career - she is clearly 'all grown up,' and in Jami Attenberg's wonderful new novel, she struggles to define her place to the wider world, her family, and herself. In funny, often poignant vignettes of one woman's life, All Grown Up perceptively explores what it means to be an adult.”
— Sarah Baline (W), Kramerbooks, Washington, DC

Summer 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List

All Grown Up, a raw but funny novel, tells the story of the ever-present battle between when it’s appropriate to put yourself first versus when it’s time to simply grow up. Through the life of Andrea, the reader is taken on a journey of true friendships and sexual failures, pathetic dependency and heart-wrenching family dynamics. Needless to say, Attenberg has done it again.”
— Hannah Farrow, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL


A national bestseller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins, All Grown Up is a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke.

But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart? Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.

About the Author

Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times (UK), The Guardian, and others. She is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up, and, most recently, a memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home. Her work has been published in sixteen languages. She is also the creator of the annual online group writing accountability project #1000wordsofsummer, which will be published in book form in January 2024. She lives in New Orleans.

Praise For…

A National Bestseller     An LA Times Bestseller  A New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller  A Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller  A Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller  An IndieNext List Pick  An Amazon Top 100 Best Book of 2017  A Kirkus Best Fiction of 2017 Pick    “Deeply enjoyable.”—Marisa Meltzer, Elle     “Bravo to Attenberg, who, with hilarity and honesty, tells the story of an adult woman who wants what she wants, not what she’s supposed to want.”—Marie Claire     “All Grown Up [is] a smart, funny/sad and unflinchingly honest novel about a single New Yorker. . . . In sparkling prose, [Attenberg] brings this wonderful character so fully to life that after the book ended, I found myself wishing Andrea well as if she were a good friend and wondering what she would do next.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    “I read it twice, laughing, cringing, and even tearing up.”—Judy Blume, New York Times    “Addicting and incredibly refreshing…. Attenberg brings the often upsetting, often comedic realities of life across in poignant, astute vignettes that will live in the reader’s heart for a long, long time.”Travel and Leisure    “Thank you, Jami Attenberg, for pushing back against society’s assumptions about what is allowed to matter in our lives. For giving us a different kind of narrative. All Grown Up is not all fluffy and lovely. It turns out that we have other stories — we single people. We human beings.”Bustle     “Revolutionary…. [A] perceptive study of love, sacrifice, and what it really means to be an adult.”Tablet    “Jami Attenberg deftly travels inside the head of a 39-year-old woman who has no interest in doing what she’s supposed to do and follows her heart instead of her mind—a story that’s sexy, charming, and impossible to put down.”Newsweek    “Powerful…All Grown Up is so intimately [and] sharply observed.”Vogue    “Attenberg is one of our finest contemporary storytellers, and here, with her trademark clever, witty voice, she tackles the age-old question plaguing people of all ages: When do we know if we’re actually all grown up?”—Nylon, “50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017”     “Smart, heartfelt, and really freakin’ funny.”—Sara Novic,, “25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017”      “Attenberg knows how to make a reader laugh and feel. This novel takes a hard look at what it means to be a woman living on her own terms.”—Lisa Lucas, Martha Stewart Living, “Page Turners for 2017”    “I read it start to finish in one go, I can’t think of another book I’ve done that about recently.”—Mary Louise Kelly, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday    "Attenberg’s fifth novel is her best yet. It’s a super-smart, often extremely funny, sometimes heartbreaking portrait of a 39-year-old, single, child-free heroine in New York City who’s taking her very best shot at living life on her own terms. . . . As angry, sad and raw as it is astute, hilarious and hopeful, All Grown Up puts other novels in this vein to shame.” —

Product Details
ISBN: 9781328915320
ISBN-10: 1328915328
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English