All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

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Random House, Apr 1, 2009 - Domestic fiction - 435 pages
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On the day Paul Miller's pharmaceutical company goes public, he informs his wife, Janice, that their marriage is over and that the new fortune is his alone. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Miller's older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her hot actor boyfriend and is failing at her job, kind of spectacularly. Sliding toward bankruptcy, Margaret bails and heads for home, where her confused and lonesome teenage sister, Lizzie, is struggling with problems of her own: She's become the school slut.
From behind the walls of their Georgian colonial bunker, the Miller women wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, evangelical neighbors, and country club ladies-and in the process all illusions and artifice fall away, forcing them to reckon with something far scarier and more consequential: their true selves.

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User Review  - Team Eric - Borders

There are some funny moments in the book, but all and all, it was just okay at best. The story line was drawn out. I kept reading to see what happens in the end, yet, there really wasn't an ending. I found it quite disappointing. The cover is more interesting than the actual book. Read full review

Slow & Drawn Out

User Review  - Retta - Borders

This book started off VERY slow, for the first 300 pages or so(and the book is only 420 pages), then it got interesting. It reminded me that nobody is perfect, and we all need a little reminding now & then. But not a "must read" for me. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Janelle Brown is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist. Having spent four years as a senior writer at Salon, she currently writes for the New York Times and Vogue, amongst others.

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