Mrs. Everything

Mrs. Everything

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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Do we change or does the world change us? Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect "Dick and Jane" house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women's lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781643582443
Characteristics: 643 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Missus Everything

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scm42
Nov 11, 2019

I agree with comments posted earlier by wmtlady, including this:
"the author thought that if she could hit all the bases on topics it would make up for blah writing. NOT. "

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brittmgreb
Oct 07, 2019

This book is good! Love jennifers writing.

Sometimes it was a little slow but really good, keeps you on your toes!

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jfd5
Oct 04, 2019

First thing I've read by this author. Enjoyed the book but like others felt the beginning of the book held more grit and story than the ending. Still an enjoyable read.

esmom1 Sep 26, 2019

This book was quite the page turner! A very heart felt page turner. The tale between the sisters is both heart warming and relatable to anyone. Their struggles are real and reflect the era in which they grew up in and are still on going today. A great read that makes you feel and want to meet these two.

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LibraryLES
Sep 11, 2019

I did really enjoy the book until the last few chapters. The story was developing well but the ending was very rushed.

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midori_hon
Jul 31, 2019

this struck me as a book written with attention to details, sincerity, and good intentions. where it was somewhat lacking for me was in authenticity despite the story checking the boxes for various 'women's issues'

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AnneCarolineDrake
Jul 29, 2019

I'm a few years younger than the sisters in this book. The author clearly wants to examine challenges facing people who don't fit within the constraints of society's expectations on relationships.

Sadly, she didn't do sufficient research to credibly develop her characters and plot lines.

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lpreston214
Jul 27, 2019

I absolutely loved this book (my first by Weiner) ! Two sisters growing up during the 50s, 60s and 70s when all girls were supposed to want to get married to a man and have children. Neither of the sisters follow this pattern. We see how they deal with issues and expectations and navigate to find their way in society. Spot - on descriptions of life in that Era.

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wmtlady
Jul 26, 2019

I bought into the promo on this book because I'm also in my 70's and went through all the history and cultural waves that the lead sisters did. It turns out that the author thought that if she could hit all the bases on topics it would make up for blah writing. NOT.
For the hundreds still in line to read this, don't waste your time. There are many very good books of historical fiction out there, and if that doesn't appeal, read "Where the Crawdads Sing" --even for a second or third time.

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ajzh1975
Jul 19, 2019

Really enjoyed this book. Full disclosure, I am a fan of Jennifer Weiner and have read all her books, but that said, I think this one is one of her best. Characters are interesting, relatable and likable. I like the subtext of this story being about how others expectations influence our life choices and whether that leads to a happy and fulfilled life. My one issue, that may be a positive for another reader, is that the book has a sort of Forest Gump quality, where these characters seem to experience every touchstone moment of their generation.

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