Mac's Backs Book Club discusses Grown Ups by Marie Aubert.
Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and starting to panic. She's navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs, terrified that time has passed her by, silently, without her ever realizing it, which feels even more poignant and common in our COVID era. All she sees are other people's children, everywhere. Now stuck in the idyllic Norwegian countryside for a gathering to mark her mother's sixty-fifth birthday, Ida is regressing. She's fighting with her younger sister, Marthe, and flirting with her sister's husband. But when some supposedly wonderful news from Marthe heightens tensions further, Ida is forced to mark out new milestones of her own.
"This is cringe-comedy at its finest, with Aubert's wry observations cranking things up well beyond eleven. Venomous. Bitchy. Brilliant." --The Independent
"Drily funny and emotionally gripping, it's the perfect summer read. -- British Vogue
MARIE AUBERT made her debut in 2016 with the short story collection Can I Come Home With You, published to great acclaim in Norway. Grown Ups is her first novel; it won the Young People's Critics' Prize and was nominated for the Booksellers' Prize in Norway.
ROSIE HEDGER was born in Scotland. Her translation of Gine Cornelia Pedersen's Zero was shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2019, and her translation of Agnes Ravatn's The Bird Tribunal won an English Pen Translates Award in 2016.
The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.
Due to an impending thunderstorm, we will meet via Zoom tonight - https://us02web.zoom.us/s/88018263993#success