All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Written by:
Janelle Brown
Narrated by:
Rebecca Lowman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2008
14 hours 31 minutes
A smart, comic page-turner about a Silicon Valley family in free fall over the course of one eventful summer from the author of Watch Me Disappear and Pretty Things

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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I didn't enjoy this book. I couldn't get into the story nor the characters.

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It is all about the American Dream, the notion that is far from being realistic but still created to console those poor soles who come here in search of a treasurer, the so-called American Dream. I loved the book, nothing special about it, we all suspect shady dealings and unhappy lives behind the Beverly Hills mansions. However... it was fun to read. And the American Dream has never seemed more real... We are all living one no matter what we go through in life. All of it is the American Dream.

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