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A New York Times best seller!

From Jennifer Weiner, the best-selling author of In Her Shoes and Who Do You Love.... 

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.w

But the truth ends up looking differently than 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, or 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?

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.

©2019 Jennifer Weiner (P)2019 Hachette audio UK

Critic reviews

"Fiercely funny, powerfully smart, and remarkably brave." (Cheryl Strayed)

"You'll love this book and wish she was your friend." (Mindy Kaling)

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Couldn’t stop listening

Really enjoyed this novel: good story; well-developed characters; sense of history and changes in attitudes over the decades. Though not in any way chick lit, the story encapsulates the choices women have had to make - and still make today. Worth a credit!!

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Thought provoking and intense.

Really enjoyed this book which follows the lives of two sisters. Not a lot of laughs but I liked the development of the characters.