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. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.
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Jennifer Weiner’s sprawling, modern family saga tracks the lives and loves of sisters Jo and Bethie. Weiner follows her two protagonists from their 1950s Detroit childhood into adulthood; through their eyes we see the evolution of the role of women decade by decade. Proustian in its attention to detail, Mrs. Everything follows each sister as she just lives, conveying history through the smell of challah bread or the sensation of a first acid trip. Already well-known for her heartwarming stories about women’s relationships (In Her Shoes, Who Do You Love) Weiner has crafted an extraordinary, generations-spanning novel that rises to the top.
Bestseller Weiner brilliantly crafts this heartwrenching multigenerational tale of love, loss, and family, which is partly inspired by Little Women. As sisters Jo and Bethie Kaufman move into a new home in Detroit in 1951, they are excited by all of the possibilities it offers then their beloved father dies. Bethie, the "perfect" child, is repeatedly molested by her father's younger brother, which drives her into an eating disorder and later into drug use. Jo, a daddy's girl who epically clashes with her mother, realizes early on that she prefers to date women, but after her girlfriend marries a man, Jo likewise finds a husband and bears three daughters. Eventually, both sisters follow their hearts, even when it's tremendously difficult. 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 abortion, rape, and racism among them will force readers to examine their own beliefs and consider unexpected nuances. Weiner tugs every heartstring with this vivid tale.
A great sister read
I love a good book that makes you appreciate sisters. While I normally prefer first person narratives as I feel I get to know the narrator better, both of the main characters were so easy to get to know and love even though things weren’t deliberately told from their view. Overall so well written and thought-provoking - and especially hard to put down!
I wasn’t excited about the ending, I have to say I loved the book.