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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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The Adults
A Novel
By (author): Caroline Hulse
9780525511748 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Family Life / General Nov 27, 2018
$35.00 CAD
Active 6.45 x 9.52 x 1.19 in 368 pages Random House
Two divorced parents. Their daughter. Their new partners. A family holiday…of sorts. What could possibly go wrong?

Meet The Adults.

Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that what’s best for their daughter Scarlett is 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, Iron-Man-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 rabbit.

Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bedtime, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this debut novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police…

But what really happened? They said they’d all be adults about this…

Story Locale: a holiday theme park in the English countryside

CAROLINE HULSE spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pyjamas. She also works in Human Resources sometimes. She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games. She can often be found in casino poker rooms. She lives with her husband in Manchester, England.

Author Residence: Manchester, England

Author Hometown: Manchester, England

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“Your worst-ever family holiday gathering can’t possibly be as painfully hilarious as the one in Caroline Hulse’s 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

“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)

“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

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