Mrs. Everything: A Novel by Jennifer WeinerMrs. Everything: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything: A Novel

byJennifer Weiner

Paperback | June 11, 2019

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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?
Jennifer Weiner grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. She attended Princeton University, where she studied with John McPhee, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates. She is currently a reporter/columnist at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and a contributing editor at "Mademoiselle". Her short stories have been published in "Seventeen" and "Redbook...
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Title:Mrs. Everything: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 11, 2019Publisher:Atria BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1982131772

ISBN - 13:9781982131777

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A compelling family story Jennifer Weiner's "Mrs. Everything" is the story of sisters Jo and Bethie Kaufman, from their childhood in the 1950's to Jo's death from cancer in 2016. Very different as girls, their paths as women diverged in unexpected ways. Through life they experience many challenges before finding themselves as older adults. Jo and Bethie lived through interesting times as the place of women in society changed considerably. Their story mirrors the lives of many women of these times and is an excellent read.
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delicious Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and author Ms. Jennifer Weiner for this Advanced Readers Copy. An absolutely riveting and thought provoking read! For today's woman, this book couldn't have come at a better time. It is a "Herstory" read, taking place in America from the 1950's through to today; following along with the events that shaped America...Vietnam, Kennedy, Abortion rights, Stonewall and Racial Equality. Two Jewish sisters, Jo and Bernie, want to live their American dream... But what they encounter is that the American dream is attainable as long as it's the male version... live life like a proper women should-knowing your role and your place. Young Jo loves climbing trees, reading and hates dresses. Usually at odds with her mom, she just can't stop getting in trouble. Young Bernie however, loves singing, acting and wearing dresses. Being pretty is important and her mom agrees. Two very different girls but each one on a path to live their lives fully during these very turbulent times... Shaped by societal expectations and norms these sisters carve a future that is very different from what their dreams and hearts had in mind! My personal thoughts; I LOVED this book! 5 star rating. This is a superb story that is so completely relevant for today's woman. #NetGalley #MrsEverything #Simonandschuster #JenniferWeiner #bookstack #bookriot #lgbtq2
Date published: 2019-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an intens,e moving story A look at the lives of Jo & Bethie, women born in the 1940's whose lifestyle choices did not fit the expectations of the society they grew up in. Four generations of Kaufmans begins with Ken & Sarah in 1951. The struggles they conquered through each decade made this a compelling read. when the final chapter is dated 2022 it is at the site of the first house the Kaufman family ever owned, as viewed by their great grandchild. There were a few slow spots but overall a very moving, emotionally intense story. I volunteered to read an ARC from Atria (Simon & Schuster) through Net Galley.
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Read for Our Times Wow, this is quite a book. It is hard to know where to begin! This is the story of 2 sisters, Jo and Bethie, spanning from their childhood until their old age. I enjoyed reading about these sisters and getting to know them. I didn't always like them or their choices, but that was OK -- I could definitely feel their ups and downs, successes and failures, joys and sorrows and was invested the whole time. This book was really well written and spanned a huge, tumultuous time in history, exploring women's roles and civil rights. This book deals with so many issues that women can relate to, hence the title, Mrs. Everything. There's class and race, lesbianism, interracial marriage, women's choices, abuse, motherhood, sisterhood, daughterhood, expectations, women's roles in the paid working world, women's roles at home, happiness and contentment, ... Weiner shows herself to be a wonderful storyteller as I was engaged the whole time. Parts of the book were necessarily heavy, but still very readable. This is a book that certainly got me thinking and questioning and is timely with the #metoo movement. Going back through the history of these women really shows us the underlying tensions of what women are fighting for, how far we've come, and how much there is to lose. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
Date published: 2019-06-04