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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janelle Brown Narrator: Rebecca Lowma Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune.

Meanwhile, 400 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise Todd | 2/18/2014

    " okay - a little depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/15/2014

    " Again a reminder to surround yourself with women to help you when the men screw you over. Just kidding... or am I? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amber | 2/14/2014

    " What happens to a family when everything they've built up, apart from their relationships- their reputations, material possessions, and dreams- come crashing to a halt? They are stripped down and forced to find themselves and each other amidst the wreckage. And they learn that everything that was destroyed doesn't really matter in the end. As I read this, the characters I didn't want to like in the beginning, I grew to love by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corina | 2/13/2014

    " A good fun read with a good ending. "

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