All We Ever Wanted by Emily GiffinAll We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

byEmily Giffin

Hardcover | June 26, 2018

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The new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love raises the daunting question: In the midst of a scandal that threatens a perfect life, how far are you willing to go to protect the ones you love?

Nina Browning married a third-generation Nashvillian, enjoys a newly lavish lifestyle thanks to the sudden success of her husband's tech business and has a son, Finch, who just got accepted to Princeton.

Thomas Talone is a single dad, works multiple jobs and has a daughter, Lyla, who was recently accepted to Nashville's most prestigious private high school on a scholarship.

They couldn't be prouder.

Then scandal strikes, and the worlds of these very different families collide. Lyla passes out at a party, drunk and half-naked. Finch snaps a picture, types out a caption and click--sends it out to a few friends. The photo spreads quickly, and soon heated reactions bubble throughout the already-divided community. Before long, the families find themselves in the midst of an ethical war as their community takes sides, throws blame and implodes. The gray area between right and wrong grows thick, and Nina and Tom are forced to question every assumption they've held about love and family loyalty. Emily Giffin tells a riveting story of characters who face impossible choices--but emerge to live a life truer to themselves than they ever had before.
EMILY GIFFIN is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of eight New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, He...
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Title:All We Ever WantedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.53 × 6.42 × 1.14 inPublished:June 26, 2018Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Just finished reading this. Such a page turner, and amazingly written with a beautiful message. Emily Giffin never disappoints!
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved the book. It was a quick read and a real page turner. The only thing I didn't like was that the ending seemed a little rushed and void of detail. Beautifully written and interesting.
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A let down I’ve always been a fan of Giffin books for “easy reads”. It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything by her and had high hopes, however the book did not meet my expectations. The characters had no depth at all. They were very quickly described to make you either like them or hate them. I was interested in the “who did it” aspect however the ending ended up being rushed. The book felt very surface level and cookie cutter to me. I definitely won’t be recommending this book to any readers/friends.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Emily Giffin is a wonderful writer. This book has a very interesting story line, right to the very end. I loved every page of this book.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Haven't read this author in a while, so was pleasantly surprised with the story. Very powerful meaning and it was written well. It was a quick read for me, and I have already added it to all my friends TBR lists :)
Date published: 2018-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Emily and this book lives up to her standard When I heard about this book, I put it on my must read list immediately. I finished it within 24hrs. Such an incredible and captivating read. The story is very relevant to today’s climate. Recommended this to all my friends to read over the holiday break.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Emily She will always hold a special place in my heart! One of the first books I read was hers that made me fall in love with reading.All we ever wanted didn’t disappoint, Would you choose family over your values.. would you stick up for your child or let them deal with the repercussions of their actions?
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Makes you wonder Immediately attracted to the gorgeous cover, I became reluctant when I read the jacket thinking that I hear enough of these stories in the news lately. I decided to go for it anyway and was pleasantly surprised by how engrossed I became in finding out the truth behind these characters. The book is an easy read, on a tough topic and I loved being transported into the minds of the different narrators each trying to navigate this challenging situation. I would've given it a 4 star rating if I didn't feel the ending was too rushed. I want to know more!
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A strong emotional novel This has been on my TBR list for a while and I finally got to it. I could not put it down and read it in two days. Emily Griffin delivers a strong emotional novel which deals with sexual abuse in teenagers and the repercussions that follow. Fantastic read!
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lackluster characters detract from fast pacing This is a fast read with good pacing and an interested second half, which makes up for the lackluster characters. The author sets up people of a wide variety of demographics (young/old, old money/married into money/low income) but when it came to their political viewpoints, which are a prominent feature of the plot, they fall into one of two categories with no nuance - crazy greedy Republicans vs reasonable Democrats with identical viewpoints. They became caricatures rather than well-rounded individuals. The dialogue often felt like a collection of 2018 buzzwords, particularly in the first half. Nina was a strong example of this - within the first few chapters we get a veritable checklist of things she supports, like inclusive holiday cards and transgender bathrooms, though those have nothing to do with the story and are only mentioned to contrast her against husband Kirk. Too much "tell," not enough "show." Finch was actually the most interesting character overall for me, though he isn't one of the three main narrators. Nobody else has a compelling character arc, but I was constantly questioning whether or not we'd finally seen the "real" Finch. A decent read, but nothing that blew me away.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasant Surprise I brought this book on vacation looking for a light read, and was excited because I always love her books - but I was a bit unsure because of the summary. I thought I might be a bit exhausted from this topic from the news but the approach was so different that I wasn't. It was a great story with interesting characters, would recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it in one day! This book was well written and definitely an easy read, I managed to start and finish it all within a few hours. The only thing I would have changed about it was the lacklustre ending!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing, I read it in one day because I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Author never disappoints Absolutely loved this book. Emily Griffin knocked it out of the park again. With every book she writes she makes you fall in love and route for the characters... Cant wait for her next book!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read! Could not put this book down. You'll go through this book quickly. Easy read- which is what I like to relax to after a long day of work
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice change This book was a little different than what is usually expected from Emily Giffin. I really enjoyed that there was more of a mysteriousness to this book. It still had her great easy going writing as well.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVEE! This was a great book! If you like Emily Giffin, then this is definitely the book to read next!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad Good story. Not an amazing book. The ending was abrupt and a bit over dramatic.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable My first book by Emily Griffin, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely want to try out her other ones.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes to Romance This book was a great bounce back for Emily Griffin. I couldn't put it down - a must read for anyone looking for a sweet romantic novel.
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best I'll admit I was a little bit skeptical about reading her most recent book, primarily because I was disappointed by "First Comes Love". This book did NOT disappoint. I couldn't put it down. Definitely one of my favourites from Emily Giffin
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read love the EG books. this will not disappoint. It was easy to read and could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Her best I've read several books by Emily Giffen but this was my favourite. I particularly enjoyed the character of Nina and how her strength and integrity helped her cope with her family problems.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Emily Giffin.... Loved this...and only wish it had ended.....look forward to everything she does!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad The story was easy to read and enjoyable enough. However, the content lacked real depth and it felt like the writing was shallow. I found myself not really caring what the outcome of Finch and Lyla’s debacle would be. None of the characters were terribly likeable and I didn’t care for the dismissal of the major issue which was overlooked by a teenage crush.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! An easy read with realistic events! Another great book by the author
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book and disappointed the story ended! Finished this book in a day and a half. The last day I couldn't go to sleep without finishing it. Turned my bed side light out and 10mis later I turned it back on to finish the book!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! One of the best Emily Giffin books I've read in a while! I could not put this book down! The characters were so relatable and the topic was so timely. I was torn between wanting to speed through it so I could find out what happened next and not wanting it to end. I would highly recommend this book to others!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep Nina Browning married a third-generation Nashvillian, enjoys a newly lavish lifestyle thanks to the sudden success of her husband's tech business and has a son, Finch, who just got accepted to Princeton. Thomas Talone is a single dad, works multiple jobs and has a daughter, Lyla, who was recently accepted to Nashville's most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. They couldn't be prouder. A scandal strikes, and the worlds of these very different families collide. Emily Giffin tells a riveting story of characters who face impossible choices--but emerge to live a life truer to themselves than they ever had before.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story, big twists throughout This was such a page turner! Emily Griffin never fails to please me with her character development and gripping plot twists. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mirror to Society Great read! I went through it in a day! It was really realistic in the problems and the outcomes.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner Another classic Giffin novel. She has great writing style. Love that this is hardcover.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book Read it in one weekend, a page turner, loved this book, love Emily Giffin.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't disappoint I love Emily Giffin and this book did not disappoint me
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good title and great book I got interested by the title initially and of course its reviews, but more and more interested in it when I turned pages after pages
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it When the world of wealthy people starts falling apart, the only way how to save it is through money and connections. the perfect example how the world functions, there are always people with privileges and the ones that have no power to change it.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this! Perfect for the summer time. I have been waiting for this book for some time and I was NOT disappointed. Emily Giffin does it again!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It It does require commitment on behalf of the reader at the beginning of the book. However, once I hit the middle, I simply could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I was recommended this author by a coworker so I decided to start with her newest book! I thought this book was well written with scandalous issues that were defienfly believable. I found it a bit hard to get into in the beginning which is why I rated it 4 stars but once i got passed the middle of the book things really started to pick up and I couldn't put it down! Great summer read!
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book never bored me in the hour it took to read! So in love with this writing!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unable to Put Down! For anybody expecting a 'light', 'fluffy', 'chick lit' read, let me be the first one to tell you that this novel is so much more than that. This was an emotional, thought provoking, heart wrenching, and realistic novel. Unfortunately, I can imagine that there are some are dealing with similar events in their own lives (facing the scenarios of many different characters in this book). Although the content is heavy and does have the reader thinking in-depth throughout, I found that I raced through the pages of this novel in a day (one to two sittings even!). It was written in a style that flowed but also was such a suspenseful story that had me uncertain until the very last page. I have not read all of Emily Giffin's novels (yet) but I have read a few and I feel certain that this has to be one of her best. The storyline is very unique and the whole novel was wonderfully done. ***Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Giffin is back!! I was hesitant to read this one because her last novel was not my favourite and I could not bring myself to finish it. But with this one I couldn't put it down... relevant issues, characters you can relate to and just an all around good storyline.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could't Put It Down I have loved each of Emily Giffin's books, this one is no exception. All We Ever Wanted tackles a difficult and relevant issues facing youth and parents alike dealing with social media and the ever-expanding use of smart phones. I loved the way Giffin shared the thought process of a number of main characters, uncovering numerous sides of the same story. The only thing I didn't love about the book, all of her books really, was the ending - I always end wanting to know more of the story!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every Parent's Worst Nightmare Wealth, privilege, lies, scandal and heartbreak are the brutal framework of Emily Giffin’s emotional novel, ALL WE EVER WANTED. This story packs a punch that I didn’t see coming when I read the synopsis. Kirk and Nina Browning run with Nashville’s elite crowd. Their son, Finch has never wanted for anything and his recent acceptance into Princeton is the cherry on the top of his privileged upbringing. Finch is the stereotypical product of this type of rearing – spoiled, narcissistic, and manipulative. Finishing up his final year at prestigious Windsor Academy, he gets drunk at a party and makes a horrible, racist and sexually degrading decision that threatens his academic future but has long-ringing effects on Lyla the victim, and near-death experience for Finch’s ex, Polly. Moreover the event causes Nina to question the moral thread that ties she, Kirk and Finch together. Told in alternating narratives, the reader hears from Tom, Nina and Lyla but it’s Nina’s story that weaves the complexity of parenting, morality, betrayal and a mother’s love for her son into this provocative plot. This book is borderline YA and may be appropriate for a mature teenager. It’s a timely story around the recent #metoo movement, this one is a stellar page-turner touching on social class and misogyny.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good summer read A book that makes you wonder what you'd do to save face.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Thought-provoking and intriguing as the complexities of life come crashing down around you.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Author - Amazing Read! Emily Griffin never disappoints - She did an incredible job with the characters and plot of this book!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Read Thank you Doubleday Canada for my gifted advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review. The story is told in alternating POVs by Nina Browning (Finch’s mother -the accused teenager), Tom Volpe (Lyla’s father – the victim of the social media scandal) and Lyla Volpe herself. I thought this writing style was very fitting for the story as it allowed you to really feel the highs and lows of each character during such a sensitive experience. Nina is faced with some serious dilemmas not only as a mother and wife but as a role model for young women in general. Facing her own demons from the past when her son commits such a terrible act, Nina is forced to choose the right path or give up on a life that she has thought to have been perfectly right. Tom, just trying to make ends meet and be the best father he can be, is also facing his own demons in a world he has never felt quite comfortable in. Feeling misplaced in a world of money and status, Tom tries his best to keep his focus on what’s best for his daughter and her future. Lyla, your typical teenaged girl trying to fit in and trying to fill the void of not having a mother figure also treads water with some difficulty but manages to persevere and stay afloat. I loved that this book dealt with “real” issues. Like it or not, cyberbullying and social media obsession is a reverent theme among teenagers and in high schools today. The story perfectly illustrated the implications that poor judgment can have on a community as a whole, and not just on the immediate people involved. This book was emotionally charged; a truly powerful and perfectly timed tale for today’s social media obsessed and cyberbullying age. A quick and engaging read, I highly recommend this book be added to your summer reading list. My Rating: 5/5
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice one Martha Raddatz is the Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for ABC News and the coanchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great one from Giffin Always good stories from Giffin. This one does not disappoint
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious the plot wasnt that good but the caracters are so funny you cant help but love it
Date published: 2018-04-12

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chapter oneNINAIt started out as a typical Saturday night. And by typical, I don’t mean normal in any mainstream American way. There was no grilling out with the neighbors or going to the movies or doing any of the things I did as a kid. It was simply typical for what we’d become since Kirk sold his software company, and we went from comfortable to wealthy. Very wealthy.Obscene was the description my childhood best friend Julie once used—­not about us, but about Melanie, another friend—­after Melanie bought herself a diamond Rolex for Mother’s Day and then offhandedly remarked at one of our dinner parties that homemade pottery from her kids “wasn’t going to cut it.”“She could feed a Syrian refugee camp for an entire year with that watch,” Julie had groused in my kitchen after the other guests had departed. “It’s obscene.”I’d nodded noncommittally, hiding my own Cartier under the edge of our marble island, as I silently reassured myself with all the ways my watch, and therefore my life, were different from Melanie’s. For one, I didn’t buy the watch for myself on a whim; Kirk gave it to me for our fifteenth anniversary. For another, I had always loved when our son, Finch, made me presents and cards in his younger years, and was sad that those had become relics of the past.Most important, I don’t think I ever flaunted our wealth. If anything, it embarrassed me. As a result, Julie didn’t hold our money against me. She didn’t know our exact worth but had a general sense of it, especially after she’d gone house hunting with me when Kirk was too busy, helping me find our home on Belle Meade Boulevard, where we now lived. She and her husband and girls were regular guests at our lake house and our home on Nantucket, just as she happily inherited my gently used designer hand-­me-­downs.Occasionally Julie would call Kirk out, though, not for being showy like Melanie but for having elitist tendencies. A fourth-­generation silver-­spoon Nashvillian, my husband grew up ensconced in a private-­school, country-­club world, so he’d had some practice at being a snob, even back when his money was merely old, and not yet obscene. In other words, Kirk came from a “good family”—­that elusive term that nobody ever came out and defined, yet we all knew was code for having old money and a certain well-­bred, refined taste. As in: he’s a Browning.My maiden name, Silver, held no such status, not even by the standards of Bristol, the town on the Tennessee-­Virginia border where I grew up and Julie still lived. We were no slouches—­my dad wrote for the Bristol Herald Courier and my mom was a fourth-­grade teacher—­but we were squarely middle class, and our idea of living large was everyone ordering dessert at a nonchain restaurant. Looking back, I wonder if that may have explained my mom’s preoccupation with money. It wasn’t that she was impressed with it, but she could always tell you who had it and who did not, who was cheap and who was living beyond their means. Then again, my mom could pretty much tell you anything about anyone in Bristol. She wasn’t a gossip—­at least not a mean-­spirited one—­she was simply fascinated by other people’s business, from their wealth and health to their politics and religion.Incidentally, my dad is Jewish and my mother Methodist. Live and let live is their mantra, an outlook that was passed on to both my brother, Max, and me, the two of us embracing the more attractive elements of each religion, like Santa Claus and Seders, while punting Jewish guilt and Christian judgment. This was a good thing, especially for Max, who came out during college. My parents didn’t miss a beat. If anything, they seemed more uncomfortable with Kirk’s money than with my brother’s sexuality, at least when we first began to date. My mother had insisted that she was just sad I wouldn’t be getting back together with Teddy, my high school boyfriend, whom she adored, but I sometimes sensed a slight inferiority complex, and her worry that the Brownings were somehow looking down on me and my family.To be fair, a half-­Jewish girl from Bristol with a gay brother and no trust fund probably wasn’t their first choice for their only child. Hell, I probably wasn’t Kirk’s first choice on paper, either. But what can I say? He picked me anyway. I’d always told myself that he fell in love with my personality—­with me—­the same way I fell in love with him. But in the past couple of years I had begun to wonder about both of us, and what had brought us together in college.I had to admit that when discussing our relationship, Kirk often referenced my looks. He always had. So I’d be naïve to think that my appearance had nothing to do with why we were together—­just as I knew, deep down, that the patina and security of a “good family” had, in part, attracted me to him.I hated everything about that admission, but it was definitely on my mind that Saturday night as Kirk and I took an Uber to the Hermitage Hotel for about our fifth gala of the year. We had become that couple, I remember thinking in the back of that black Lincoln Town Car—­the husband and wife in an Armani tux and a Dior gown who were barely speaking. Something was off in our relationship. Was it the money? Had Kirk become too obsessed with it? Had I somehow lost myself as Finch grew older and I spent less time mothering him and more time in the role of full-­time philanthropist?I thought about one of my dad’s recent remarks, asking why my friends and I didn’t just skip the galas—­and give all the money to charity. My mom had chimed in that we might be able to accomplish “more meaningful work in blue jeans than black tie.” I had gotten defensive, reminding them that I did that sort of hands-­on work, too, such as the hours I spent every month answering calls on Nashville’s suicide helpline. Of course I hadn’t admitted to my parents that Kirk sometimes minimized that kind of volunteering, insisting that I was better off “just writing the check.” In his mind, a donation of dollars always trumped time; the fact that it came with more splash and credit was beside the point.Kirk was a good man, I told myself now, as I watched him take a swallow of the bourbon roadie that he’d poured into a red Solo cup. I was being too hard on him. On both of us.“You look fabulous,” he suddenly said, looking over at me, softening me further. “That dress is incredible.”“Thanks, honey,” I said in a low voice.“I can’t wait to take it off you,” he whispered, so the driver wouldn’t hear him. He gave me a seductive look, then took another drink.I smiled, thinking that it had been a while, and resisted the urge to tell him that he might want to slow down on the booze. Kirk didn’t have a drinking problem, but it was a rare night that he didn’t at least catch a red-­wine buzz. Maybe that was it, I thought. We definitely both needed to ease up on our social calendars. Be less distracted. More present. Maybe that would come when Finch went to college in the fall.“So. Who have you told? About Princeton?” he asked, clearly thinking about Finch, too, and the acceptance letter he’d just received the day before.“Other than family, only Julie and Melanie,” I said. “What about you?”“Just the guys in my foursome today,” he said, rattling off the names of his usual golf buddies. “I didn’t want to brag . . . but I couldn’t help myself.”His expression mirrored the way I felt—­a mix of pride and disbelief. Finch was a good student, and had gotten into Vanderbilt and Virginia earlier that winter. But Princeton had been a long shot, and his admittance felt like a culmination and validation of so many parenting decisions, beginning with applying Finch to Windsor Academy, the most rigorous and prestigious private school in Nashville, when he was only five years old. Since then, we had always prioritized our son’s education, hiring private tutors when needed, exposing him to the arts, and taking him to virtually every corner of the globe. Over the past three summers, we had sent him on a service trip to Ecuador, to a cycling camp in France, and on a marine biology course in the Galápagos Islands. I recognized, of course, that we were at a distinct financial advantage over so many other applicants, and something about that (especially the check we’d written to Princeton’s endowment) made me feel a little guilty. But I told myself that money alone couldn’t gain a kid admission to the Ivy League. Finch had worked hard, and I was so proud of him.Focus on that, I told myself. Focus on the positive.Kirk was looking at his phone again, so I pulled mine out, too, checking Instagram. Finch’s girlfriend, Polly, had just posted a photo of the two of them, the caption reading: We’re both Tigers, y’all! Clemson and Princeton, here we come! I showed the picture to Kirk, then read aloud some of the congratulatory comments from children of our friends who would be in attendance tonight.“Poor Polly,” Kirk said. “They won’t last a semester.”I wasn’t sure if he meant the distance between South Carolina and New Jersey or the mere reality of young love, but I murmured my agreement, trying not to think of the condom wrapper that I’d recently found under Finch’s bed. The discovery was far from a surprise, but it still made me sad, thinking of how much he had grown up and changed. He used to be such a little chatterbox, a precocious only child regaling me with every detail of his day. There was nothing I hadn’t known about him, nothing he wouldn’t have shared. But with puberty came an onset of remoteness that never really cleared, and in recent months, we’d talked very little, no matter how hard I tried to break down his barriers. Kirk insisted it was normal, all part of a boy’s preparation to leave the nest. You worry too much, he always told me.I put my phone back in my bag, sighed, and said, “Are you ready for tonight?”“Ready for what?” he asked, draining his bourbon as we turned onto Sixth Avenue.“Our speech?” I said, meaning his speech, though I would be standing beside him, offering him moral support.Kirk gave me a blank stare. “Speech? Remind me? Which gala is this, again?”“I hope you’re kidding?”“It’s hard to keep them all straight—­”I sighed and said, “The Hope Gala, honey.”“And we are hoping for what, exactly?” he asked with a smirk.“Suicide awareness and prevention,” I said. “We’re being honored, remember?”“For what?” he asked, now starting to annoy me.“The work we did bringing mental health experts to Nashville,” I said, even though we both knew it had much more to do with the fifty-­thousand-­dollar donation we’d given after a freshman at Windsor took her life last summer. It was too horrible for me to process, even all these months later.“I’m kidding,” Kirk said, as he reached out to pat my leg. “I’m ready.”I nodded, thinking that Kirk was always ready. Always on. The most confident, competent man I’d ever known.A moment later, we pulled up to the hotel. A handsome young valet swung open my door, issuing a brisk welcome. “Will you be checking in tonight, madame?” he asked.I told him no, we were here for the gala. He nodded, offering me his hand, as I gathered the folds of my black lace gown and stepped onto the sidewalk. Ahead of me, I saw Melanie chatting amid a cluster of friends and acquaintances. The usual crowd. She rushed toward me, giving me air kisses and compliments.“You look amazing, too. Are those new?” I reached up to her face, my fingertips grazing the most gorgeous chandelier diamond earrings.“Newly acquired but vintage,” she said. “Latest apology from you know who.”I smiled and glanced around for her husband. “Where is Todd, anyway?”

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerA Goodreads Best Fiction Book of 2018"A gripping, thought-provoking journey." —Jodi Picoult"Page-turning. . . . Timely and thought-provoking, it's Giffin's best yet." —People"Stellar. . . . Giffin's plot touches on social class and misogyny while delivering an excellent page-turning story. This satisfying novel will appeal to readers looking for a nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics." —Publishers Weekly, starred review"One of Giffin's most topical, gripping books yet." —Good Housekeeping "A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege." —Entertainment Weekly"All We Ever Wanted is a prescient read for our time." —Toronto Star"There are losses in All We Ever Wanted, but there are also gains, and not the ones you might expect. Giffin's novel has style and substance—a worthy addition to your summer reading stack." —The Washington Post "Emily Giffin at her best." —Waterloo Region Record "A compelling portrait of a woman facing the difficult limits of love." —Kirkus Reviews"If you're looking for a book about romance, single parenthood, race, gender injustice, lost love or high-class privilege, this novel is for you." —Associated Press"Dealing with issues of class, money and race, All We Ever Wanted is the book everyone will be talking about." —PopSugar "Giffin is a worldwide best-selling author because she gets under your skin—by creating relatable characters wrestling within believable situations. . . . Giffin crafts an unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters. . . . Her latest . . . is destined for greatness." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"Giffin draws the reader in like few storytellers can. . . . Deeply moving" —BookPage"Riveting and poignant, Emily Giffin's latest novel paints an impossible dilemma that will make readers ponder hard questions about loyalty and love. I was captivated by every page." —Harlan Coben"An immensely thoughtful and emotionally wrenching story. I think it's wonderful." —Sophie Kinsella"A timely and absorbing portrait of the complexities of modern life. This is Emily Giffin at her very best." —Kristin Hannah"A compelling, fascinating story told through blue-ribbon dialogue and the dual gifts of intelligence and goodness. I loved this novel." —Elinor Lipman