All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

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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.

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An utterly engrossing tale of one family, three women, a facade of perfection and success – and the secrets and lies which undermine it all.

In the heat of a west coast summer three very different women, each poised for success, find themselves failing spectacularly: Janice, a devoted mother and housewife who’s approaching fifty, finds she has been abandoned by her husband; her elder daughter Margaret, a magazine editor, is driven back home by towering debts; and her teenage daughter Lizzie is humiliated by the boys whose affections she has unquestioningly embraced.

At first they hide their crises – bankruptcy, addiction, promiscuity – from one another, but as the curtain-twitching world they inhabit begin to intrude, they find their secrets exposed. In the midst of the manicured lawns and country club whispers, the Miller women cloister themselves in their suburban home for the summer and confront first their personal downfalls, then each other …

From a stunning new literary voice, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a captivating and poignant portrait of women trying to stay afloat – and what happens when the world you know comes crashing down.

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