Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

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Growing up in 1950s Detroit, Jo and Bethie Kaufman's 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. 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, up for anything-- except settling down. Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501133480
Branch Call Number: F WEINER
Characteristics: 466 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 20, 2019

I normally love Jennifer Weiner's books, but this one just left me cold. Couldn't get into the characters at all, and that's usually a strong point for her. Very disappointed.

Jun 18, 2019

I was so exited to read Jennifer Weiner's new novel and was thrilled that it was a Peak Pick. I was disappointed to discover what a big, rambling mess it is. The story was scattered and not cohesive as a reader would have enjoyed. I also found this book very shallow, simplistic, hard to connect with and nonsensical in some parts. The # Me Too stuff at the end seemed rushed and tacked on.

I read a lot of reviews that raved about this book. I am glad that others enjoyed it.

debwalker Jun 14, 2019

Barnes & Noble has chosen Mrs. Everything as its June 2019 national book club selection. "A powerful novel that follows an American family across five tumultuous decades and is a perfect mix of powerful, poignant, and funny."

Jun 10, 2019

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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