All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Random House, Inc.
A smart, comic page-turner about a Silicon Valley family in free fall over the course of one eventful summer.

When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she’s been waiting years for — until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune. Meanwhile, four hundred miles south in Los Angeles, the Millers’ older daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her newly famous actor boyfriend and left in the lurch by an investor who promised to revive her fledgling post-feminist magazine, Snatch. Sliding toward bankruptcy and dogged by creditors, she flees for home where her younger sister Lizzie, 14, is struggling with problems of her own. Formerly chubby, Lizzie has been enjoying her newfound popularity until some bathroom graffiti alerts her to the fact that she’s 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, and in the process they become achingly sympathetic characters we can’t help but root for, even as the world they live in epitomizes everything wrong with the American Dream. Exhilarating, addictive, and superbly accomplished, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything crackles with energy and intelligence and marks the debut of a knowing and very funny novelist, wise beyond her years.

Baker & Taylor
Over the course of an eventful summer, the three Miller women--Janice, abandoned by her wealthy husband for her tennis partner; daughter Margaret, facing bankruptcy; and teenage daughter Lizzie, dealing with the loss of her reputation--do battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, country-club snobs, their own demons, and one another. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
When Paul Miller's pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she's been waiting years for - until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune. Meanwhile, four hundred miles south in Los Angeles, the Millers' daughter, Margaret, has been dumped by her newly famous actor boyfriend and left in the lurch by an investor who promised to revive her fledgling postfeminist magazine, Snatch. Sliding toward bankruptcy and dogged by creditors, she flees for home, where her teenage sister, Lizzie, is struggling with problems of her own. Formerly chubby, Lizzie has been enjoying her newfound popularity until some bathroom graffiti alerts her to the fact that she's 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 ladles, evangelical neighbors, their own demons, and each other, and in the process they become achingly sympathetic characters we can't help but root for, even as the world they live in epitomizes everything wrong with the American Dream.

Baker
& Taylor

Over the course of one summer, the three Miller women--Janice, abandoned by her wealthy husband; daughter Margaret, facing bankruptcy; and teenage daughter Lizzie--do battle with divorce lawyers, debt collectors, their own demons, and one another.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2008
ISBN: 9780385524018
0385524013
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 25 cm

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Oct 09, 2015

I thought it was a fantastic read! It provided me insight into what may go on in the mind of someone addicted to a drug, and why someone would be promiscuous. I also liked the writing style and reading the book has improved my vocabulary.
Unlike the other VPL reviewer pcooper, I have not read similar books, so for me the book was fresh and new.

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pcooper
Jun 23, 2010

I haven't quite finished it and my not, the story is okay, but have read the same story by different authors with slightly different characters too many times. I expected some humor and have been disappointed. The same story of people who have too much and too little sense.

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