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Emma Straub

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Emma Straub is from New York City. Her first novel, Laura Lamonts Life in Pictures, will be published by Riverhead Books in September 2012. Her debut story collection Other People We Married, arrived in February 2012, also published by Riverhead Books. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, Slate, Cousin Corinnes Reminder, and many other journals, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Emma lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband.

Genres: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

Emma Straub recommends
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Station Eleven (2014)
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"Station Eleven is the kind of book that speaks to dozens of the readers in me - the Hollywood devotee, the comic book fan, the cult junkie, the love lover, the disaster tourist. It is a brilliant novel, and Emily St John Mandel is astonishing."
Ana of California (2015)
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"Vivid and fully realized. Ana herself is a complicated delight."
Rich and Pretty (2016)
Rumaan Alam
"Impossible to resist."
The Heirs (2017)
Susan Rieger
"Susan Rieger is thrillingly erudite and compulsively readable, a satisfying combination hard to find in any section of the bookstore. The Heirs is an absorbing page-turner, full of sex and secrets, and I loved getting to know the entire Falkes clan."
Woman No. 17 (2017)
Edan Lepucki
"Edan Lepucki is the very best kind of writer: simultaneously generous and precise. I am long been an admirer of her prose, but this book---this book, this massive, brilliant book---is a four alarm fire, the ambitious and rich introduction that a writer of her caliber deserves."
Hex (2020)
Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
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Writers & Lovers (2020)
Lily King
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Perfect Tunes (2020)
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"Perfect Tunes is a zippy and profound story of love, loss, heredity, and par­enthood. I gulped it down, as will all mothers, New Yorkers, music fans, and lovers of quick-moving novels that are both funny and deep. I loved every page."
Cheat Day (2021)
Liv Stratman
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With Teeth (2021)
Kristen Arnett
"With Teeth is a wonderfully sticky novel about motherhood, partnership, sex and love. Kristen Arnett lets her characters have the run of the place, and it's delicious fun to watch them do, say, and think things they'll regret."
The World Gives Way (2021)
Marissa Levien
"Marissa Levien's debut novel is a thrilling adventure, and in a moment when we're all looking for escape pods, this is a great one."
Dava Shastri's Last Day (2021)
Kirthana Ramisetti
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The Swimmers (2022)
Julie Otsuka
"A goddamn heartbreaker."
I'll Be You (2022)
Janelle Brown
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Book Lovers (2022)
Emily Henry
"I would follow Emily Henry anywhere. A small town, a literary enterprise, a bookstore to rescue, and sex in moonlit streams? Yes, please! Book Lovers is sexy, funny, and smart. Another perfectly satisfying read from the unstoppable Emily Henry."
The Catch (2022)
Alison Fairbrother
"This big-hearted debut absolutely crackles with smarts--the sentences are crisp, the story unfurls, the characters are just right. The Catch is a delightful read about love, loss, and the vulnerability of growing up."
Woman of Light (2022)
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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The Night Shift (2022)
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The Work Wife (2022)
Alison B Hart
"The Work Wife is a bold and wholly satisfying novel about power, ambition, and the price women must often pay for their dreams. I gobbled it up."
The Old Place (2022)
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