All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Janelle Brown, Author . Spiegel & Grau $24.95 (401p) ISBN 978-0-385-52401-8

In Brown's withering Silicon Valley satire, a family wakes up on a June day to realize that patriarch Paul's company has hit the big time with a phenomenal IPO. But instead of rejoicing about being newly rich, the family's three women each find themselves in the throes of a major crisis. Paul has fled with his new amour, who happens to be wife Janice's tennis partner. Desperate housewife Janice discovers the soothing power of the pool boy's drug stash and sinks into addiction and denial. Meanwhile, 20-something daughter Margaret learns the price of living a Hollywood lifestyle on an artsy hipster's budget—gargantuan credit card debt. Finally, 14-year-old Lizzie wades deeper and deeper into a sea of adolescent trouble without an adult to confide in. From the ashes of their California dreams, the three must learn to talk to each other instead of past each other, and build a new, slightly more realistic existence—but not without doses of revenge and hilarity. Brown's hip narrative reads like a sharp, contemporary twist on The Corrections . (May)

Reviewed on: 04/07/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 435 pages - 978-0-09-951769-6
Compact Disc - 978-1-4159-4810-1
Paperback - 434 pages - 978-0-385-52402-5
Hardcover - 611 pages - 978-1-4104-1141-9
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-5826-9
Open Ebook - 253 pages - 978-0-385-52689-0
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