• Les tribulations d'une New-Yorkaise bien décidée à vivre selon ses propres règles.
    Autour d'Andréa, célibataire légèrement alcoolique ayant renoncé à sa vocation artistique, tout le monde semble avoir une idée bien précise de ce que signifie " être adulte " : Indigo, sa meilleure amie, a choisi de se marier, son frère vient de devenir papa, et son ami Matthew consacre tout son temps à la peinture en espérant percer un jour.
    Pour Andréa, la vie d'adulte ressemble surtout à une lutte permanente. À l'ombre de l'Empire State Building, elle cherche sa voie. Comment tracer son chemin à New-York quand on aime les pas de côté ? Existe-t-il vraiment un âge de raison ?
    " Un régal. "
    /> Elle (US)
    " Un roman intelligent, addictif, hilarant et pertinent ! "
    The Washington Post " Bravo à Attenberg, qui, de manière hilarante et honnête, raconte l'histoire d'une femme qui veut ce qu'elle veut et non ce qu'elle devrait vouloir. "
    Marie Claire (US)

  • Partez à la rencontre de Mazie Phillips, inoubliable héroïne à la gouaille mordante du New York des années folles.
    Personnage haut en couleur, Mazie Phillips tient la billetterie du Venice, cinéma new-yorkais du Bowery, quartier populaire du sud de Manhattan où l'on croise diseuse de bonne aventure, mafieux, ouvriers, etc. Le jazz vit son âge d'or, les idylles et la consommation d'alcool - malgré la Prohibition - vont bon train. Mazie aime la vie, et ne se fait jamais prier pour quitter sa " cage " et faire la fête, notamment avec son amant " le capitaine ".
    Avec l'arrivée de la Grande Dépression, les sans-abri affluent dans le quartier et la vie de Mazie bascule. Elle aide sans relâche les plus démunis et décide d'ouvrir les portes du Venice à ceux qui ont tout perdu. Surnommée " la reine du Bowery ", elle devient alors une personnalité incontournable de New York.
    Dans ce roman polyphonique, Jami Attenberg nous fait découvrir Mazie - dont on entend la gouaille à travers les lignes de son journal intime -, mais aussi Soeur Ti, son unique amie, sa soeur Jeanie, l'agent Mack Walters, porté sur la bibine et qui aime flirter avec elle... Le lecteur découvre, fasciné, une personnalité hors du commun et tout un monde bigarré et terriblement attachant.

  • Bienvenue chez les Middlestein, une famille aussi irrésistible que dysfonctionnelle, minée par l'appétit hors norme de la matriarche. Un roman à dévorer d'une traite !Grandeur et décadence d'une famille juive de Chicago, confrontée à l'appétit dévorant d'une mère. Best-seller du New York Times, élu livre du mois d'Amazon lors de sa parution, dans la lignée de Jonathan Franzen, un livre universel sur le mariage, la filiation et l'obsession de notre société pour la nourriture, porté par un humour aussi cinglant que désopilant, et une humanité débordante.
    Bienvenue chez les Middlestein, une famille au bord de la crise de nerfs, depuis que Edie, la mère, risque d'y passer si elle ne prend pas au sérieux ses problèmes d'obésité. Cerise sur le gâteau, le père la quitte pour découvrir à soixante ans les affres du speed dating.
    Une trahison impardonnable pour leur célibataire invétérée de fille, un rebondissement que voudrait bien oublier leur fils en fumant son joint quotidien, si sa femme ne s'était mis en tête de sauver Edie à base de cours de Pilates et de Weight Watchers... quand elle n'est pas en train d'obliger leurs jumeaux à réviser leur chorégraphie hip-hop pour leur bar-mitsvah !
    Une question taraude toutefois les Middlestein : et s'ils étaient tous un peu responsables du sort d'Edie ?
    Une ronde de personnages à la fois tragique et jubilatoire pour un roman addictif !

  • A Best Book of the Year /> NPR * Kirkus * Elle * Bustle * Globe and Mail * Amazon * Buzzfeed * Vogue * Book Riot /> /> />A wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

  • Anglais All Grown Up

    Jami Attenberg

    Andrea is a single, childless 39-year-old woman who tries to navigate family, sexuality, friendships and a career she never wanted, but battles with thoughts and desires that few people would want to face up to.
    Told in gut-wrenchingly honest language that shimmers with rage and intimacy, All Grown Up poses such questions as:
    - What if I don't want to hold your baby?
    - Can I date you without ever hearing about your divorce?
    - What can I demand of my mother now that I am an adult?
    - Is therapy pointless?
    - At what point does drinking a lot become a drinking problem?
    - Why does everyone keep asking me why I am not married?
    Powerfully intelligent and wickedly funny, All Grown Up delves into the psyche of a flawed but mesmerising character. Readers will recognise themselves in Jami Attenberg's truthful account of what it means to be a 21st century woman, though they might not always want to admit it.

  • From one of today's hottest novelists and author of the bestselling The Middlesteins -- a provocative story about friendship and self-discovery.
    Catherine Madison left her small town in Nebraska after her husband deserted her. She's also left behind her most shameful secrets-of a family and a marriage that have plagued her with self-doubt. On the road, she's trying to become a new person. But running away from the past isn't as easy as she'd hoped. Her journey leads her to Las Vegas, where she forms surprising new friendships that compel her to reveal what she'd sworn she'd keep hidden, and teach her what human connection really means.

  • Anglais The Kept Man

    Attenberg Jami

    Now in paperback, from the author of the bestselling The Middlesteins: the novel that's "unabashedly emotional, refreshingly devoid of New York City cynicism, and tenderly funny?" (People).
    Jarvis Miller's artist husband has been in a coma for six years. And so, Jarvis has spent these years suspended between hope and grief, paralyzed with longing for a life and a marriage that are slipping away. But then, unexpectedly, Jarvis makes her first new friends in years when she meets the Kept Man Club: three men whose lifestyles are funded by their successful wives, who gather once a week on laundry day. With their help, she reawakens to the city beyond her Brooklyn apartment, past the pitying eyes of her husband?s art dealer and his irresponsible best friend as her future begins to take on the irresistible tingles of possibility for the first time in almost a decade. When a shocking discovery casts a different light on her idealized marriage, she's propelled even further down a path that she would never have dared to imagine just months before. Tender, bold, and unabashed, The Kept Man is a compulsively readable novel about love and loss from one of our most dynamic new storytellers.

  • "We are all walking around this city with our hearts sadly swimming in our chests, like dying fish on the surface of a still pond. It's enough to make you give up entirely." --from Instant Love
    But we don't give up. We keep trying. We're either too stupid to learn from our mistakes or we honestly believe that the next time will be different; it's hard to say which. Driven by the mad hopefulness that is part of the human condition, we are constantly falling in and out of love with a slightly different version of the person who came before. Jami Attenberg chronicles those exact moments with heartbreaking realism in her powerful debut, Instant Love.
    Told through the eyes of three young women and their friends and lovers, Instant Love explores what it means to be in love, what it means to be lonely, and what it means to be both at the same time. Holly turns to computer dating to find love even as she thinks wistfully of a former boyfriend who loved her well and fed her ice cream. Maggie recounts the story of her one crazy summer to her disbelieving husband and feels the distance between them grow wider than the void across their king-sized bed. And Sarah Lee remembers the one who got away and the one she ran away from, all the while moving toward the one she can actually love.
    As Holly, Maggie, and Sarah Lee move through the rituals of modern love, they have to decide who is worth taking a chance on in a world where things don't fall into place easily, people are often difficult, and disappointment is the rule. Through their stories, Attenberg presents a rare, honest look at love.
    Also available as an eBook.
    From the Hardcover edition.