New review of the fiction book Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

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Arts & Culture

First published in Norway in 2019, the novel Grown Ups is finally making its way to the United States. Closer to Elena Ferrante, Marie Aubert makes no effort in her description of family dysfunction. In the case of adults, the concentration relationship is that of two sisters with a classic dynamic of older siblings.

The older of the two, Ida, whom we see in the third-person narration, is a single architect who has just turned forty and is successful, anxious to know if, when and how to have a family. Her younger sister Matilde, is the most dependent sister, with a devoted husband, daughter-in-law and child on the way. The sisters are deeply resentful, but do their minimum to keep the peace. Disagreeing on personality to begin with, the new tension between them is a lakeside cottage that Matilde and her husband would like to buy Ida’s share of.
Candid scenes of intimacy, jealousy and revenge give this book a lot of spice. A visit from their mother and stepfather only amplifies their past grievances. And while I found many of Ida’s thoughts related to younger siblings being more pampered, I also enjoyed disagreeing with some of Ida’s more intrusive actions. You know a book is great when you can chat with certain character actions, while still fully enjoying the ride.

Grown Ups by Marie Aubert is available for pre-order at sarasotabooks.com or in-store starting May 24 at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL. 34236. Publication date: 06/21/22 ISBN 9781782277088

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