Mrs. Everything: A Novel (Hardcover)

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The international search for a sister gone missing is the basis of SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE, a mysterious drama by Jean Kwok. When Amy finds out her sister never returned home from a trip to visit a dying family member in the Netherlands, it sets off a chain of events that uncovers long lost secrets about her family, her parents’ immigration, and secret relationships. Amy’s quest to find Sylvie takes her across the ocean, where she meets an entire family she’s never know who played a fundamental part in her family’s life. Dark, complicated, and engrossing, this literary thriller will capture your emotions and keep you turning pages long after dark.

— Beth

Jennifer Weiner perfectly captures the bonds of sisterhood in Jo and Bethie, whose stories begin as children in the 1950s. Told with a nod towards history, the book explores their search for identity and the need to conform—or not—to society’s changing expectations. The story is as dark at times as it is heartwarming as Weiner explores themes of abuse, sexual identity, infidelity, motherhood, and more. MRS. EVERYTHING is a dynamic family story from a masterful, modern storyteller.

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Description


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?

About the Author


Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in BedIn Her Shoes, and her memoir, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

Praise For…


"Readers will flock to this ambitious, nearly flawless novel."
— Booklist (starred review)

"An ambitious look at how women's roles have changed--and stayed the same--over the last 70 years."
— Kirkus Reviews

"Weiner tugs every heartstring with this vivid tale."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A heartfelt and super-relatable story."
— Woman's Day

"Simply unputdownable."
— Good Housekeeping

"What really makes this book a summer sensation is Weiner's female characters that capture your attention and make you feel lots of feels."
— Women's Health

"The perfect book club pick of summer."
— SheReads

“Weiner brings us another winner, maybe even her best book yet. A wonderful, absorbing novel skillfully woven with social critique, it's comparable to books by her more heralded male contemporaries (yes, Jonathan Franzen).”
— AARP Summer Book Preview

"You won't want this book to end as you laugh, cry, and root for these characters as if they were a part of your own family. MRS. EVERYTHING is Weiner's best book yet."
— PopSugar, "The 34 Best New Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer"

"Mrs. Everything is like "Beaches" but with mothers and daughters and sisters. I may never recover."
— Jill Grunenwald, author of RUNNING WITH A POLICE ESCORT and READING BEHIND BARS

"EVERYTHING you want in a novel."
— Good Life Family Magazine

"The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019"
— Parade

“Jennifer Weiner has created a novel for the ages in Mrs. Everything, which is as impressive as it is ambitious… a skillfully rendered and emotionally rich family saga… an unapologetic feminist novel, fully fleshing out the pernicious effects of patriarchy… Weiner shows that big, expansive social novels are not only still possible in our fragmented society but perhaps necessary. Mrs. Everything is a great American novel, full of heart and hope.”
— Shelf Awareness
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501133480
ISBN-10: 1501133489
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Pages: 480