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Modern Lovers Themes & Motifs

Emma Straub
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Getting older is a natural part of life

Getting older is a natural part of life. No one is able to escape the aging process, but everyone handles the aging process in different ways. Some adjust to it well, while others simply cannot handle the stress and pressure of it. Sometimes, this often leads to a mid-life crises. This is true for the characters in the novel.

Harry and Ruby, ages 17 and 18 respectively, are just coming into adulthood. They are set either for college or charging headlong into life. As a result, their parents –including Zoe, Elizabeth, and Andrew –become nostalgic, and reflect on the past, as they were about the age of their children when they all met for the first time. Harry, growing into a man, takes the initiative by romantically pursuing Ruby. Ruby, who is old enough now to determine her own future, decides...

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