Excerpted from THE ADULTS by Alison Espach. Copyright © 2011 by Alison Espach. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
They arrived in bulk, in Black Tie Preferred, in one large clump behind our wooden fence, peering over each other’s shoulders and into our backyard like people at the zoo who wanted a better view of the animals.
My father’s fiftieth birthday party had just begun.