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.
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'You'll love this book and wish she was your friend' MINDY KALING
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From Jennifer Weiner, the bestselling author of IN HER SHOES and WHO DO YOU LOVE . . .
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 differently than 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, or 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?
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.
Praise for Jennifer Weiner:
'Fiercely funny, powerfully smart, and remarkably brave' CHERYL STRAYED
'Like Helen Fielding, Weiner balances fresh humour, deft characterisations, and literary sensibility' THE GUARDIAN
'MRS EVERYTHING is like BEACHES but with mothers and daughters and sisters. I may never recover' JILL GRUNEWALD
'Generous and entertaining' Publishers Weekly
'You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to read it again' TheSkimm
'Blends humour and heartbreak to create an irresistible novel' Publishers Weekly
'Weiner [is] a marvellously natural storyteller' Publishers Weekly
'Jennifer Weiner has done it again. She has made me feel more emotions than I've felt in a long time' Goodreads reviewer'Beautifully
'Mrs. Everything is like Beaches but with mothers and daughters and sisters. I may never recover.'
A multi-generational narrative that's nothing short of brilliant - People
Readers will flock to this ambitious, nearly flawless novel - Booklist (starred review)
Weiner tugs every heartstring with this vivid tale . . . Her expert handling of difficult subjects will force readers to examine their own beliefs and consider unexpected nuances - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A skillfully rendered and emotionally rich family saga, an unapologetic feminist novel . . . Weiner shows that big, expansive social novels are not only still possible in our fragmented society but perhaps necessary - Shelf Awareness
Simply unputdownable - Good Housekeeping
A poignant reminder of both the strides women have made since the 1950s and the barriers that 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
Mrs. Everything is Weiner's best book yet. With a masterful plot, we follow the sisters as their lives change, along with the world they live in. You won't want this book to end as you laugh, cry, and root for these characters as if they were a part of your own family - Popsugar
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books, including Good in Bed, The Littlest Bigfoot, and her memoir Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.