Emma Straub's Life in Pictures

Emma Straub's Home for Pictures of Cats and Other Objects Worthy of Our Attention

Our nice friends Ben and Jess came to visit us in Nashville and lo and behold have rented the house where Taylor Swift shot the album art for Red and so we recreated the above photo. I think he got much closer to Tay Tay’s piercing gaze than I did. Nashville, I love you. Also, it’s really fun to put lipstick on someone with a beard, because lipstick gets all over the beard immediately, like a tiny little paintbrush, and it’s adorable. 

Spring break forevvvvvvvver. You can get a pair of these bad boys at my launch party at BookCourt on 6/3.

Spring break forevvvvvvvver. You can get a pair of these bad boys at my launch party at BookCourt on 6/3.

OMG All The Books Giveaway

I know a shocking number of writers with books coming out very soon, and many of them are joining me in this massive book giveaway. 



It’s easy to enter, and you could win signed copies of ALL the books mentioned above. You might have to buy a new bookshelf! So, for my part of the giveaway, you’re supposed to list some favorite vacation spots, and here are mine, in no particular order: Montauk, Palm Springs, the Oregon coast, Maine, a hammock, a swimming pool. That’s really all I need. xoxoxo

OMG All The Books Giveaway

I know a shocking number of writers with books coming out very soon, and many of them are joining me in this massive book giveaway. 



It’s easy to enter, and you could win signed copies of ALL the books mentioned above. You might have to buy a new bookshelf! So, for my part of the giveaway, you’re supposed to list some favorite vacation spots, and here are mine, in no particular order: Montauk, Palm Springs, the Oregon coast, Maine, a hammock, a swimming pool. That’s really all I need. xoxoxo

My new motto

My new motto

Crack Open the Rioja! Another Starred Review


It’s so nice when people are nice. Here’s another lovely starred review, this time from the folks at Booklist. I raise a glass of Rioja to you, my friends!


[STARRED] The Vacationers.

Straub, Emma (Author)

May 2014. 304 p. Riverhead, hardcover, $26.95. (9781594631573).

 

Straub’s second novel (Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, 2012) is contained in the two-week vacation of the extended Post family: Franny and Jim, married over 30 years; their teen daughter, Sylvia; twentysomething son Bobby, his girlfriend, Carmen, in tow; and Franny’s best friend, Charles, and his husband, Lawrence. Trading one grand island for another, the mainly Manhattanites arrive in Mallorca with, of course, a few secrets tucked in their literal baggage—and so begin the games that occur above the plane of the Scrabble board. Jim has suddenly left his beloved magazine job, and not everyone knows the circumstances; Sylvia’s excitement to get to Brown might have more to do with leaving home; Carmen wishes Bobby would ask his parents for that favor already; and it’s more than work emails keeping Lawrence searching for a WiFi signal. Straub masters a constantly changing flow of perspectives as readers wonder who will forgive and be forgiven in this sun-soaked, remote paradise. Spongy and dear, sharply observed and funny, Straub’s domestic-drama-goes-abroad is a delightful study of the complexities of family and love, and the many distractions from both.

— Annie Bostrom

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

Last night, I got to interview Lorrie at Symphony Space, which was a total delight. Here’s what we looked like. 



Someone in the audience asked Lorrie about the second person, and I said that I’d just written my first story using it—as a matter of fact, it’s my Twitter Fiction story, which I’ll start posting today! Half goes up from 11am-12pm EST today, and half goes up tomorrow night from 9pm-10pm EST. Riverhead designed me a cute little box that says so, as you can see below. 



As Lorrie said, the second person is addictive, and so who knows, maybe I’ll write a hundred more. One at a time. 

Hope you tune in! And thank you thank you to Symphony Space for letting me sit next to Lorrie, forcing her to publicly acknowledge that I’m not her stalker. I mean, I’m not REALLY her stalker. Only a little bit. The nice kind. 

xoxoxo

3 years ago today, I was at the Breakers Hotel and my agent called to say that @riverheadbooks wanted to buy my book. I cried. #tbt

3 years ago today, I was at the Breakers Hotel and my agent called to say that @riverheadbooks wanted to buy my book. I cried. #tbt

Twitter Fiction Festival


I wrote a short story about going on vacation for the Twitter Fiction Festival and it’s funny and weird and I really like it. You can read it in tiny little bursts or all at once. 

More details on times are here.