Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Reading: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

The title of this novel was inspired by a Bauhaus song and refers to a commencement address given by one of the main characters. I had picked up a free copy at the Book Expo in New York two years ago and given the fact that I was caught up with finishing my novel in the last two years, had not yet read it. Having no clue what the story line was about, I brought it to the cottage, thinking the cover inspired summer reading in the hammock.

Boy, was I right on the money!! I have not been able to put it down!

It's the story of a well to do upper middle class family flush with new Silicon Valley money whose female members are on a downward spiral. Each of the mother and her two daughters must face her own demons: betrayal, drugs, professional failure, money woes and sex.  Their struggles in overcoming such obstacles are heart wrenching but can be laugh out loud funny: you can't help but cheer them on as they find their way out of dark situations.

Janelle Brown's writing is sharp, vivid, poignant and hilarious.

Here is a trailer for the book I found on her Facebook page. I can't wait to read her second novel, This is Where We Live.

 I have two Janelle crushes this week, the second one being on Janelle Monae. I discovered her album this week and played her Tightrope video about twenty times!!
 Wow, this woman really swings!

(image via Amazon.com)


Simply Mel said...

Always happy for more book recommendations!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

Thanks for the excited, passionate book recommendation!

Kim Smith said...

Janelle Monáe is fantastic!! I love her Cindi Mayweather character. Many Moons is divine-as is the entire first suite.