L'Heureux, John Having Everything

ISBN 13: 9780802137326

Having Everything

3.21 avg rating
( 38 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780802137326: Having Everything
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Philip Tate is a man who has everything -- youth, looks, a beautiful wife and perfect family, a distinguished deanship at Harvard. Having Everything is the story of a nighttime drive that leads Philip to jeopardize it all for a moment's flirtation with the forbidden. For on that drive he will collide with the Kizers -- beautiful, troubled Dixie and brilliant, kinky Hal. By stepping, without knocking, into the Kizers' house and into the midst of their sad marriage, Philip sets in motion the near ruin -- and perhaps the salvation -- of his entire world. Fierce, ironic, and beautifully told, Having Everything reminds us that sometimes -- in marriage, and in life -- having everything is not enough. "A master of understated, ominous moments in a marriage in which not asking a question can be more disastrous than asking it.... Sharp, moving, poignant." -- Lev Raphael, The Washington Post Book World; "John L'Heureux is perhaps today's most frightening novelist because his characters, for all their strange behavior, are not freaks or misfits. They are the people we see and know.... Having Everything is an unforgettable exploration of what it means to become fully human." -- Richard Wakefield, The Seattle Times; "A master of spoof and irony.... As the book moves forward to a conclusion that readers will sense is going to be catastrophic, it is impossible to stop turning its pages." -- Carol Herman, The Washington Times

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Had Diogenes lived today, instead of searching for an honest man, he would have been swinging his lantern in hopes of hitting a well-balanced psychiatrist. Or so fiction would generally have one believe. Psychiatrists in novels generally fall into one of two categories: they are either cold, insensitive, and all-around clueless when it comes to their nearest and dearest (see Fear of Flying's Benjamin Wing) or they are wackier than their patients--often in dark and twisted ways. Philip Tate, the hero of John L'Heureux's Having Everything, belongs to this second group. Married to a beautiful woman, the father of two terrific children, and recently appointed to a prestigious position at Harvard Medical School, Tate would seem to have an ideal existence. Too ideal, of course, or there'd be nothing to write a novel about:

They had everything, their kids and their lives and their health, and they were good-looking, with enough money, and they loved one another--didn't they?--and yet they were wrecking it, somehow, in spite of themselves.
Tate's wife, Maggie, it seems, is an alcoholic. And Tate himself struggles with the compulsion to break into stranger's houses; one night, he goes too far, breaking into a colleague's house with consequences that will haunt him through the rest of the novel. In Having Everything, L'Heureux suggests that success is only skin deep, and demonstrates how difficult it really is to have it all. --Margaret Prior

About the Author:

John L'Heureux has taught, for the past twenty-five years, at Stanford University.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780871137630: Having Everything

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0871137631 ISBN 13:  9780871137630
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr, 1999
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

L'Heureux, John
ISBN 10: 0802137326 ISBN 13: 9780802137326
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780802137326

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

L'Heureux, John
Published by Grove Press (2000)
ISBN 10: 0802137326 ISBN 13: 9780802137326
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Grove Press, 2000. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0802137326_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.44
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

L'Heureux, John
Published by Grove Press (2000)
ISBN 10: 0802137326 ISBN 13: 9780802137326
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description Grove Press, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0802137326

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.78
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

John L'Heureux
Published by Grove Press (2000)
ISBN 10: 0802137326 ISBN 13: 9780802137326
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Grove Press, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Seller Inventory # DADAX0802137326

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.09
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

L'Heureux, John
ISBN 10: 0802137326 ISBN 13: 9780802137326
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0802137326

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 95.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

L'Heureux, John
ISBN 10: 0802137326 ISBN 13: 9780802137326
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # ML-0802137326

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 109.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds