Everyone Is Beautiful

Katherine Center, Author . Ballantine $23 (237p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6643-8

When Lanie Coates moves from Houston to Cambridge, Mass., with her musician husband, Peter, she loses her support system and quickly becomes overwhelmed by her three small boys and a self-image that's sagging both literally and figuratively. In this agreeable mom-lit entry from the author of The Bright Side of Disaster , Lanie, a former painter, finds beauty in everyone but herself, and especially adores Peter, even though the two of them seem to be drifting apart. The early chapters nearly sink beneath the weight of routine housekeeping details and scenes describing the children's bodily functions and fascination with their body parts, matters most parents have experienced, but which don't necessarily make for great fiction. However, as Lanie begins to find herself through a newfound passion for photography, the story gains traction, and the tension grows as her photography teacher turns out to be a smitten kitten. Like real-life marriage with children, this book offers enough sparkling moments to compensate for the tedium. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 09/29/2008
Release date: 02/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-7499-2980-0
Open Ebook - 175 pages - 978-0-345-51318-2
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4159-5998-5
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-345-49797-0
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