Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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An instant New York Times bestseller “A multigenerational narrative that’s nothing short of brilliant.” —People “Simply unputdownable.” —Good Housekeeping “The perfect book club pick.” —SheReads Named a Best Book of Summer by Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, PopSugar, HelloGiggles, and Refinery29 From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Do we change or does the world change us? Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after? In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?
Publisher: [S.l.]: Atria Books, 2019.
ISBN: 9781501133503
Characteristics: 480 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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MillieBT
Mar 28, 2020

EXCELLENT READ!!!!!!!!!!!

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becker
Feb 25, 2020

This story touches on three generations of women in a family, with the main story line centering around two sisters. Jo and Bethie are cut from different cloth and occasionally their relationship suffers for it, but the bonds of sisterhood keep pulling them back to each other as we follow their lives throughout the decades. The author did a great job with the characters and the sense of time and place was wonderful. It was an immersive and enjoyable read.

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Kaminski
Feb 19, 2020

I have been reading her books for 20 years , read all of them, but this one is the best!!!

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amrossihughes
Feb 09, 2020

This was one of my favourite books, a wonderful saga of two sisters through trials and tribulations and decades. A wonderful depiction of being a mother, a sister, a daughter, a woman. It was my first book by this author but I loved her ability to make you feel like you lived in that decade with her descriptions of her surroundings . Having grown up through this same timeframe I could identify with her feelings of the time. Worth a read.

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denise99
Feb 08, 2020

I am also a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner and have enjoyed every one of her novels until this one. Mrs. Everything started off well but became tough to connect with the characters by page 150. My complaint was the same as others in that the story tries to hit every social issue affecting women from the 50"s. I quit reading at page 230

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scm42
Nov 11, 2019

I agree with comments posted earlier by wmtlady, including this:
"the author thought that if she could hit all the bases on topics it would make up for blah writing. NOT. "

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brittmgreb
Oct 07, 2019

This book is good! Love jennifers writing.

Sometimes it was a little slow but really good, keeps you on your toes!

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jfd5
Oct 04, 2019

First thing I've read by this author. Enjoyed the book but like others felt the beginning of the book held more grit and story than the ending. Still an enjoyable read.

esmom1 Sep 26, 2019

This book was quite the page turner! A very heart felt page turner. The tale between the sisters is both heart warming and relatable to anyone. Their struggles are real and reflect the era in which they grew up in and are still on going today. A great read that makes you feel and want to meet these two.

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LibraryLES
Sep 11, 2019

I did really enjoy the book until the last few chapters. The story was developing well but the ending was very rushed.

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