All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Google eBook)
A smart, comic page-turner about a Silicon Valley family in free fall over the course of one eventful summer.
When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she’s been waiting years for — until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune. Meanwhile, four hundred miles south in Los Angeles, the Millers’ older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her newly famous actor boyfriend and left in the lurch by an investor who promised to revive her fledgling post-feminist magazine, Snatch. Sliding toward bankruptcy and dogged by creditors, she flees for home where her younger sister Lizzie, 14, is struggling with problems of her own. Formerly chubby, Lizzie has been enjoying her newfound popularity until some bathroom graffiti alerts her to the fact that she’s become the school slut.
The three Miller women retreat behind the walls of their Georgian colonial to wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, mean girls, country club ladies, evangelical neighbors, their own demons, and each other, and in the process they become achingly sympathetic characters we can’t help but root for, even as the world they live in epitomizes everything wrong with the American Dream. Exhilarating, addictive, and superbly accomplished, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything crackles with energy and intelligence and marks the debut of a knowing and very funny novelist, wise beyond her years.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: All We Ever Wanted Was EverythingUser Review - Tara Czerwinski - Goodreads
My supermarket sells used books for a buck (proceeds benefit breast cancer research), and so this is where I picked this book up. If I had been in a bookstore, All We Ever Wanted... would have been ... Read full review
Review: All We Ever Wanted Was EverythingUser Review - Gina - Goodreads
I want to start out by saying that this is a difficult book to read. The author was no holds barred about describing what the Miller family went through in the 400+ pages of this book. The cover ... Read full review