The Adults: A Novel (Hardcover)

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“What a fun read! Put a copy into the stocking of every adult family member (and rejoice when they all go off to their separate corners to read quietly). Exes, step-parents, vacation hijinks, secrets, and screw-ups — this funny novel has all the right ingredients to entertain and cut the tension surrounding big family holidays.”
— Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

Description


A couple (now separated), plus their daughter, plus their new partners, all on an epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong? This razor-sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE

“This debut is the whole package: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meet The Adults.

Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did—and it’s too late to pull the plug. Claire brings her new boyfriend, Patrick (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman in Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts . . . and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police.

What happened? They said they’d all be adults about this. . . .

Advance praise for The Adults

“I happily devoured this funny, insightful novel and believe you will, as well.”—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

“Such a breath of fresh air! Witty, intensely human, and (dare I say it) relatable . . . This novel is the perfect comedy of errors.”—Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars

“A snappy writing style and changing viewpoints make the pages of this debut fly by as readers will want to know what happens next.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Brilliantly funny.”Good Housekeeping (UK)

“Razor-sharp comedy.”—Sunday Mirror

“An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek tale of people who are the adults, after all.”Booklist

About the Author


Caroline Hulse spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pajamas. She also works in human resources sometimes. She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games. She can often be found in casino poker rooms. She lives with her husband in Manchester, England.

Praise For…


“Your worst-ever family holiday gathering can’t possibly be as painfully hilarious as the one in Caroline Hulse’s The Adults. I happily devoured this funny, insightful novel and believe you will, as well.”—Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

“Such a breath of fresh air! Witty, intensely human, and (dare I say it) relatable . . . This novel is the perfect comedy of errors.”—Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars

“This debut is the whole package: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A snappy writing style and changing viewpoints make the pages of this debut fly by as readers will want to know what happens next.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Brilliantly funny.”Good Housekeeping (UK)

“Razor-sharp comedy.”—Sunday Mirror

“An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek tale of people who are the adults, after all.”Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525511748
ISBN-10: 0525511741
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: November 27th, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English