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Mrs. Everything

A Novel
Written by: Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by: Ari Graynor, Beth Malone
Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins

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Publisher's Summary

From Jennifer Weiner, the number-one New York Times best-selling 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? 

©2019 Jennifer Weiner (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • JustAMommy
  • Austin, Texas United States
  • 2019-06-13

Absolutely beautiful

This is a big, beautiful book which tells the stories of two sisters growing up during the 60s and 70s, and keeps going as they age and start lives of their own. To say this book is "too depressing" as a previous reviewer said is unfair and untrue. What life which spans 70+ years doesn't have times of sadness and grief?? This book is lovely and beautiful, and I loved it.

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  • Ann
  • Midwest
  • 2019-06-16

Beautiful Story and Beautifully Written

First of all, I’ve read every book that Jennifer Weiner has written. However, I listened to this book on Audible. The story kept me engaged the whole time. I laughed out loud, cried, and I was awestruck at how Ms. Weiner created so many believable characters spanning over many decades. She’s a genius!

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  • Wendell & Dee
  • Johannesburg, Michigan
  • 2019-06-16

wonderful

Wonderful novel. Outstanding narration. I did not want it to end. my words here are so inadequate. Get it, listen, learn, laugh and get the tissues ready.

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  • Robin
  • 2019-06-15

A story with a great depth of feeling

If you have ever looked back at your life and think to yourself "How did I get here. This isn't what I though my life would be", this story will resonate with you. It's a story of mothers and daughters; and sisters how choices in our lives lead us down paths we never anticipated; love, pain, and loss; compromise and progress; and finding joy and happiness. It's a well told story about life and taking care of those you love.

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  • Michelle Bean
  • DAYTON, KY, US
  • 2019-06-14

Great walk through modern history.

This story follows the lives of a family from childhood through death. The characters walk us through modern American history with equality issues - sex, race, sexual orientation. It's a witty, entertaining and heart felt story of overcoming adversity and life's trials. I loved it. It was also well performed.

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  • D. A. Wright
  • Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2019-06-11

returned depressing

Very sad story extremely depressing I needed to return the book. I need to read something that is uplifting and happy

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  • Janet
  • 2019-06-18

Loved all Jennifer Weiner's books but this was awf

I tried and tried to enjoy listening to this book given my prior experience with author's works. Over about a week I listened to a few chapters daily. I finally gave up. It was a waste of an audible credit and a misuse of my time.

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  • Rachel
  • 2019-06-14

Too many political undertones in one novel

This book was a little too political for me. While I enjoyed the characters, I felt it could have done without the extremely liberal overtones and focused more on the development of the story. I tend to be somewhere in the middle, and vote independent. But, this was just too laced with politics. I understand the time period marked a lot of changes in history for women’s lib etc.. but the story just tried too hard!

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