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Mrs. Everything: A Novel Hardcover – June 11, 2019
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"A multigenerational narrative that's nothing short of brilliant.", People
"Readers will flock to this ambitious, nearly flawless novel . . . Weiner asks big questions about how society treats women in this slyly funny, absolutely engrossing novel that is simultaneously epic and intimate.", Booklist (starred review)
"Weiner brilliantly crafts ths heartwrenching multigenerational tale of love, loss, and family . . . Weiner's talent for characterization, tight pacing, and detail will thrill her fans and easily draw new ones into her orbit. Her expert handling of difficult subjects will force readers to examine their own beliefs and consider unexpected nuances. Weiner tugs every heartstring with this vivid tale.", Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Jennifer Weiner has created a novel for the ages in Mrs. Everything, which is as impressive as it is ambitious… a skillfully rendered and emotionally rich family saga… an unapologetic feminist novel, fully fleshing out the pernicious effects of patriarchy… Weiner shows that big, expansive social novels are not only still possible in our fragmented society but perhaps necessary. Mrs. Everything is a great American novel, full of heart and hope.”, Shelf Awareness
"Her most sprawling and intensely personal novel to date.", Entertainment Weekly
"A topical novel about sisterhood, heartache, hope, and womanhood that takes readers through the 'herstory' of the second half of the 20th century.", Bustle
"A sprawling story about two sisters growing up, apart, and back together . . . A poignant reminder of both the strides women have amde since the 1950s and teh barriers taht still hold them back. An ambitious look at how women's roles have changed--and stayed the same--over the last 70 years.", Kirkus Reviews
“Weiner brings us another winner, maybe even her best book yet. A wonderful, absorbing novel skillfully woven with social critique, it's comparable to books by her more heralded male contemporaries (yes, Jonathan Franzen).”, AARP Summer Book Preview
"Simply unputdownable.", Good Housekeeping
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Does this sound like a criticism? I don't really mean for it to! I love this kind of book, the kind of book that Herman Wouk and Taylor Caldwell and Susan Isaacs used to write, the big old family saga. It's really out of character for Jennifer Weiner, a break from her more traditional women's literature, and it feels like she's actually found a sweet spot here. Relying on archetypes is not a bad thing to do in this kind of read; there's a reason they're archetypes. It's sort of deeply satisfying. And the writing is better than anything I've read from Ms. Weiner before. It's clear, detailed, and deeply invested. There's also a nice unexpected arc to the choices the sisters make, as their lives wind into adulthood and beyond.
I loved every time I went to dive back into this book, it was like eating a big old fashioned box of chocolates. (Forrest Gump ruined that line, sorry.) Sure, it's kind of old fashioned. And you kind of know what is going to be in there, there's going to be some caramels and some nuts and some vanilla creams. But man, does it taste good, and man, are you happy every time you sit down.
I will say that underneath the sort of predictable stuff, there are some undercurrents that are a bit new. For instance, there is some exploration of how the young men fighting for civil rights in the 1960s still expected the women to do women's work; about the retreat to conservatism in the 1980s, and how women seem to keep fighting the same battles again and again, to be heard, to be themselves. This feminist theme to the big soapy saga is different, and subtle, and nice.
So...I have not historically been a huge fan of Ms. Weiner, finding some of her work predictable and safe. But this one bought me back around. This was just a huge amount of fun and a deeply satisfying book to read.
Why in heaven's name would I ever want to read a book that provokes every ounce of elderly female angst it can possibly call upon? Why would anyone? I realize not all books have happy endings, but this book revels in the excruciating details. And the protagonist isn't even all that old. . . .
I have already given my copy away.
Could find no actual point to this book!
Top international reviews
Being unnatural and nonconformist is what one sister starts out as only to discover the need to confirm and blend in, to belong to the cliché of femininity that the other sister aspired for when barely old enough to walk.
But there's a world between conformity and nonconformity that the author fails to address whatsoever.
For Mrs. Weiner, it's like women have just two opposite choices available: either go with the current or swim upstream, as if women can know no balance in their lives and are enraged by this awareness.
But women are so much more than these cliches. And what surprises me most is that the women portrayed by Mrs. Weiner seem unable to teach their daughters how to find a better life and change society.
Ironically, the only form of perceivable change is through the birth of a grandson, the first male after a long line of females. And this is as closeminded as it can get!
Still, it's a novel about women, and it's good to rediscover our roots and measure how far we've come in spite of the cliches :-)
Beautifully crafted story of mother and daughter...three generations It takes us through the journey of women empowerment where a lot has been done but a lot needs to be done.As said in the book "we are still not there"
The characters of the plot and the family bond between them is extremely touching and relatable.
I would just say.. do not give this book a miss!
not. Formulaic and contrived.. Going into the donate box for the book fair this year!
Another Jennifer Weiner winner!