Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

A Novel

Book - 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?
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: WEINER J
Characteristics: 466 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 12, 2019

It took a little effort to get into this book, then I couldn't put it down, and read it in one afternoon and evening. The book sisters and my real life oldest sisters are the same age. Chapters alternate the first person point of view between sisters. It's well written, parts are laugh out loud funny, SPOILER! has happy endings.

Jul 11, 2019

I loved it!

Jul 10, 2019

I just finished this one on audio a few days back. My first intro into Jennifer Weiner's writing, and boy am I happy that I listened to it. I found myself really relating to the story, maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have two younger sisters myself and some of the stuff in the book, is almost like Jennifer reading my and my sister's minds and creating a story out of it? I don't know. But it was so touching in so many ways and just reminded me of what my mother has said many times, that after she goes, the only family the 3 of us are going to have, are each other.

Jul 07, 2019

Could not put this book down! Having lived during the years of the story, it was very well written and I felt like I was there as a witness. The story takes us along the lives of a family dealing with trauma on so many levels. Following the growth of modern feminism, women's expectations at home and in work, this story helps us to feel what it was like to be a women during the 1950's through today. Weiner is really a wonderful storyteller.

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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