All We Ever Wanted was Everything: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, 2009 - Fiction - 434 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  - Raven9167 - LibraryThing

All right, I'm not going to rate this because I could not finish it, but I think I should say why I could not finish it. I really tried with this book...I can't remember the last book I completely ... Read full review

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User Review  - nyiper - LibraryThing

I'm not sure what I expected but once I'm "into"a book I have a hard time not finishing it. The actual writing was good---you really could mentally visualize everything Brown described and you could ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Janelle Brown is a freelance journalist who writes for the New York Times, Vogue, Wired, Elle, and Self, among other publications, and was formerly a senior writer for Salon. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.

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