Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

Book - 2019
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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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Sep 18, 2020

Enjoyable and engrossing story. Felt a little like Forest Gump in that it touched on every single social trend of recent decades - that felt a tad distracting to me, but overall, enjoyed this saga over time of two sisters and their varying life experiences.

Sep 14, 2020

was up to 2 am reading this book. A few editorial errors, but the basis of the book was fantastic

Mar 28, 2020


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.

Feb 19, 2020

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

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.

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

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. "

Oct 07, 2019

This book is good! Love jennifers writing.

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

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.

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