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Mrs. Everything: A Novel

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Ari Graynor, Beth Malone

16 Hours 47 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

June 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?

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  • Ester F.

    This may very well be one of the few books I could not continue.... it just didn’t click with me.

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  • Anonymous

    This was chosen by my book club and to be fair not my first choice. I just never really got into it but I wanted to. Unnecessarily long with no emotional connection for me, I was expecting in the next part or period of time. The decades and historical ties were probably the most interesting part of the read. Found most sections dragging on while passing over chunks of time at the end to speed up putting it all together making it feel rushed and unfinished for the amount of time involved with these characters. Also disappointed with the title, the actual narration referring to Mrs. Everything wasn't the "ah ha" moment I was hoping for.

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  • Eileen S.

    Loved Everything about this book. I loved the story I loved the characters I loved all of the historical connections

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  • Jerry B.

    Jerry B. As a male growing up in the 60\'s I was completly oblivious to the sexism in our culture....as were some women who walked in lockstep with \'tradition\'. Jennifer Weiner brings insight into this continuing cultural change, the lifetime challenge of sibling love, rilivery, sacrifice, marital conflict, love, racial prejudice and the sacred rituals of Judaism. This book is also a courageous journey into the world of gender partner preference, which brings passion into the world of challenging boundaries from wealth, gender, age and race. Some people never grow up...and some never allow themselves to have a happy childhood. It is not too late to do so as seen though the insight of her eyes. It was a tender lifetime journey into courage of parenthood, aging, and passion. While I did not care for a recent bestseller \"50 shades of black & blue\"...this was a view into the world of same gender passion not seen by me...but appreciated from the perspective of the protagonist who was living it.

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  • Cari B.

    Difficult at first, but the characters held my attention

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  • Anonymous

    Very good book and the narrator was exceptional

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  • Anonymous

    Great book- really enjoyed it! Im actually sad its over. I often get bored 1/2 way through books and quit, but this one had my full attention throughout! Great character development, relatable to me!

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  • Debbi S.

    Great listen!

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