Sunday, June 29, 2008

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything - by Janelle Brown (for Review)

In Brown's withering Silicon Valley satire, a family wakes up on a June day to realize that patriarch Paul's company has hit the big time with a phenomenal IPO. But instead of rejoicing about being newly rich, the family's three women each find themselves in the throes of a major crisis. Paul has fled with his new amour, who happens to be wife Janice's tennis partner. Desperate housewife Janice discovers the soothing power of the pool boy's drug stash and sinks into addiction and denial. Meanwhile, 20-something daughter Margaret learns the price of living a Hollywood lifestyle on an artsy hipster's budget—gargantuan credit card debt. Finally, 14-year-old Lizzie wades deeper and deeper into a sea of adolescent trouble without an adult to confide in. From the ashes of their California dreams, the three must learn to talk to each other instead of past each other, and build a new, slightly more realistic existence—but not without doses of revenge and hilarity (From Amazon)

A beautiful tale of 3 women from the same family struggling with the changes in their lives. Mom Janice has just be left by her husband of 29 years - as soon as it makes it RICH. Twenty-eight year old daughter Margaret comes home to support her mother as well as to escape her own problems in LA. And 14 year old Lizzie become the talk of the school and is left to figure things out on her own. Each of them must struggle to come to terms with what is happening in their lives, and find a way to come together as a family to communicate with and support one another. A wonderfully entertaining book filled with laughter and tears. An insightful look at what happens when families fall apart and how they can be put back together. A

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