Behaving Like Adults

by Gretchen Anthony

On Sale: 04/12/2021

Behaving Like Adults

by Gretchen Anthony

On Sale: 04/12/2021


About the Book

For fans of Schitt’s Creek comes a charming novel about a formidable matriarch who is confronted with the messiness of family, originally published as Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners.

Highly recommended by Buzzfeed, Southern Living, PopSugar, New York Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, BookPage, and HelloGiggles

“Propulsive and endearing.” —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

To Violet Baumgartner, there is nothing more important than family. And hers is perfect. Or at least, that’s what she wants everyone else to believe, much to her daughter Cerise’s chagrin. But when a family secret is revealed at a big retirement party, life as Violet knows it begins to spiral out of control, pitting mother against daughter in an epic battle of wills that will change everything.

Brimming with humor, emotion and surprises, Behaving Like Adults brings to life a remarkable cast of flawed, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional and embrace all of life’s unexpected twists and turns.
Look for Gretchen Anthony’s next hilarious, heartwarming novel, The Kids Are Gonna Ask, winner of the 2021 Alex Award!

Critical Praise

“[A] funny, affectionate debut… Part social farce, part family drama, this openhearted, entertaining novel shows an often wrongheaded, annoyingly intrusive but caring matriarch and her family willing to have the difficult, honest conversations needed to work through their misunderstandings and reach harmony.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Anthony’s debut successfully mixes realistic emotional responses to big life events with a sense of humor, preventing any single character from becoming a victim or a villain.” —Library Journal, starred review

"Brimming with charm and humor and is the perfect Fall read." —PopSugar

“Overflowing with laughter, emotion, and a bit of mystery.” HelloGiggles

"Anthony's debut gently pokes fun at her characters while affirming the supreme importance of family, whatever form that family might take." —Booklist

"Stunning... An intricately satisfying story about love and understanding that is full of both nostalgia and surprising optimism." —Kirkus Reviews

"Warm and funny... [with] pitch-perfect dialogue... It would fit nicely under the Christmas tree." —The St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Gretchen Anthony deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humblebragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut." —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

"Anthony's enjoyable debut depicts the dysfunctional, touchingly flawed Baumgartner family... [and] paints a complex portrait of a matriarch struggling to give up control over her daughter's life, and strengthening her family in the process." -Publishers Weekly

“This delightfully clever debut is a masterfully written, Wes Anderson-esque roller coaster ride through a series of self-made disasters in a hilariously dysfunctional family. Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners hits all the right notes; you’ll double over with laughter, but you’ll also find yourself at times misty-eyed and introspective. I have the feeling this is just the first of many skilled and heartfelt dramedies from the pen of talented newcomer Gretchen Anthony. If you’re a fan of modern film classics such as The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, get ready to meet your new favorite book.” —Kristin Harmel, bestselling author of The Life Intended

“Meddling matriarch Violet Baumgartner doesn’t intend to create drama; she just wants everyone to behave the way they should, which is her way. In writing about this endearing, engaging (and at times, exasperating) family, Gretchen Anthony has created an E-ticket ride of a novel, full of twists and turns, and laughs that don’t let up. Whee!” —Lorna Landvik, bestselling author of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons

“Gretchen Anthony knows what makes the people of the America’s heartland hilarious, lovable, and worth reading about. In Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, we see a family wrestling with changebut unwilling to give up past traditions of keeping secrets and telling white lies without a fight. Anthony is a breath of fresh air, and the Baumgartners will make you roll your eyes and giggle in recognition of the quirkiness of family.” —Ann Garvin, bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around

“Gretchen Anthony's debut is a non-stop delight of a novel peopled with characters that are sure to entertain. Violet Baumgartner and her hilarious family are part of a different world—one that once I entered, I didn't want to leave. A literary joy from beginning to end!” —Anita Hughes, author of California Summer

“A brilliant debut! Gretchen Anthony brings her characters—and their many secrets—to life with such warmth, wit, and intelligence you will race to the end, then be sorry when you arrive.” —Julie Lawson Timmer, author of Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

“A fun, heartwarming story about the power of family. I fell in love with the Baumgartners, and I know readers will, too!” —Maureen Leurck, nationally bestselling author of Cicada Summer -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780369701183
  • ISBN 10: 0369701186
  • Imprint: Park Row
  • On Sale: 04/12/2021
  • List Price:9.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Humorous / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Contemporary Women

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