#WomensFiction!! Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
Christina’s 4.5 Blush Review
Does this book deserve a coveted place in your stylish beach bag this year? Absolutely. Does it read like a “beach read?” Nope. It’s so much more than that. Jennifer Weiner has truly outdone herself in this sweeping, prolific novel of two sisters coming of age and finding themselves during one of the most tumultuous and evolving times in American history. Even though the story is set decades in the past, it’s so unbelievably timely and relevant.
Weaving together plot lines centered on sisterhood, family, ethnicity and culture, tradition, sexuality, trauma, love and healing, Mrs. Everything has something everyone can relate to. Every woman knows a woman who exists in this story. What I think Weiner is able to do so well in this book is not only highlight the differences between two sisters growing up in the same household, but show us glimpses of ourselves in these sisters in one capacity or another. Weiner holds a mirror up to all of us and forces us to take a good long look at our flaws, our beauty, our strength, and our resilience. Parts of this book are hard to read, just like parts of ourselves are hard to look at. But it’s in the ugly parts that we are able to find our strongest selves. And Weiner has created characters so rich and complex that we are able to know them and seem them in our own sisters, mothers and girlfriends. The complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, and between sisters are on full display in this novel. We get a mouthful of how beautifully painful these relationships can be. And it’s hard to swallow.
Mrs. Everything deserves a spot at the top of your summer reading list.
Make the time.
Savor the story.
Live the experiences that are written between these lines, and you will love this book.
From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.
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?
In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?