The adults : a novel

by Hulse, Caroline, 1977-

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Summary
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 .

"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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Exes with their new partners getting together for Christmas with a child? Not a good idea, as is clear from the start: one of the adults has shot another with an arrow. Matt explains to girlfriend Alex, whose home he shares, why he wants to organize the problematic get-together a holiday weekend (actually five days) at Happy Forest Park so he can spend Christmas with his seven-year-old daughter, Scarlett, who lives with his ex-wife, Claire, and her boyfriend, Patrick. (Scarlett's imaginary friend, Posey, a large purple rabbit based on a stuffed toy she once loved and lost, comes along, too.) The cracks in the plan become apparent early: Patrick spots a former classmate and manipulates being close to her, Alex discovers Matt has been less than honest about the breakup of his marriage, and Scarlett and Posey fear that because Alex is a scientist, she likes to kill animals. The adults' deteriorating relationships are interspersed with police interviews and excerpts from Happy Forest brochures as the narrative gradually reveals who shot whom under what circumstances. An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek tale of people who are the adults, after all.--Michele Leber Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hulse's stellar debut follows an ill-fated trip to a Christmas-themed resort in North Yorkshire, which friendly divorced couple Matt Cutler and Claire Petersen take together for the sake of their seven-year-old, Scarlett. Tension ensues when they elect to bring along their reluctant significant others. Since Matt and Claire split two years ago, Scarlett has relied on her imaginary friend, a rabbit named Posey, to express her negative feelings. Scarlett and Posey are convinced that Matt's scientist girlfriend, Alex Mount, kills animals for fun, and their fear is compounded when they witness Alex put a wounded pheasant out of its misery. Scarlett gets along better with her competitive stepdad, Patrick Asher, though he's so tightly wound and concerned about what others think that Claire can't be herself around him. Patrick misses his own children, and is repulsed by Matt's relaxed, happy-go-lucky nature, baffled about what Claire ever saw in him. As the trip progresses, he and Alex are both thrown by how well the exes get along and start to feel jealous. From the outset, readers learn that someone is shot during an archery session, and the circumstances of the incident unfold gradually and naturally. Hulse does an excellent job building her characters, consistently increasing tension by placing them in close quarters and letting their different personalities clash. This debut is the whole packageA-: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Couples -- Fiction.
Adulthood -- Fiction.
Responsibility -- Fiction.
Interpersonal conflict -- Fiction.
Christmas fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :[2018]
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 356 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780525511748
0525511741
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