Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Table of Contents: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Author: Janelle Brown
Publisher/Year: Spiegel & Grau, 2008
Synopsis: Set amid the country club gossip and rampant affluenza of Silicon Valley's nouveau riche, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a smart, acerbic comedy chronicling one eventful summer when the lives of the Miller family are turned upside-down.

After his pharmaceutical company's explosive IPO, Paul Miller leaves his wife Janice for her tennis partner, attempting to cut her out of nearly a half-billion dollars. Eldest daughter Margaret is on the run from her creditors after her fledgling post-feminist magazine Snatch implodes; and neglected Lizzie, a na├»ve teen enjoying a newfound popularity with boys at school, discovers that she’s actually become the school slut. The three Miller women retreat behind the walls of their Georgian colonial to wage battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, drug-dealing pool boys, mean girls, country club ladies, evangelical neighbors, their own demons, and each other.

What Others Have To Say:

Salon
"Brown unforgivingly draws out the ways in which the fortunes of the women at its heart have been shaped by their inability to confidently articulate or carry out their own desires without falling victim to the whims of men."

The New York Times
"...employs a women-under-duress theme familiar to viewers of weeknight TV movies, but executed with more nerve and wit."

The Los Angeles Times
"There are moments that feel like social satire, but the book is neither funny enough nor dark enough to qualify as such."

Time Out New York
"Brown’s prose is lazy and leaves too little to the imagination."

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