All We Ever Wanted
By: Emily Giffin
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 6/26/2018
My Rating: 5 Stars A woman is forced to choose between her family and her values in the new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love, The One & Only, and Something Borrowed. Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. Her husband’s tech business is booming, and her adored son, Finch, is bound for Princeton. But sometimes, the girl in her who was raised solidly middle-class wonders if she has gotten just a little too comfortable. Thomas Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. His adored daughter, Lila, was recently accepted to Nashville’s most prestigious private high school on a scholarship. But with a Latina mom, Lila doesn’t always blend in. Then one devastating photo changes everything. Lila passes out at a party, drunk and half-naked. Finch snaps a picture, types out a caption and sends it out to a few friends. The photo spreads quickly, and before long, an already divided community is buzzing with scandal and assigning blame. In the middle of it all, Nina finds herself relating more to Thomas than her own husband. In this riveting novel, Emily Giffin tells a story of characters who face impossible choices, but emerge to live more truly to themselves than they ever have before.
A special thank you to Random House and #Netgalley for an early reading copy. Also purchased the audiobook. Review to follow.
Praise “A gripping, thought-provoking journey.”—Jodi Picoult
“Giffin is a worldwide best-selling author because she gets under your skin—by creating relatable characters wrestling within believable situations. . . . Giffin crafts an unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters. . . . Her latest . . . is destined for greatness.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Nina Browning has it all: the handsome husband, the Ivy-League-bound teenage son, and the big house in the Nashville suburbs. But with one unthinkable social media post from her beloved child, could it all fall apart? Dealing with issues of class, money, and race, All We Ever Wanted is the book everyone will be talking about.”—PopSugar “This complex and layered novel will give you all the feels.” —Brit + Co “This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. Their wealthy community quickly becomes divided, with people eager to assign blame and take sides as the families struggle with loyalty and staying true to their values. It's one of Giffin's most topical, gripping books yet.”—Good Housekeeping
“A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Stellar . . . an excellent page-turning story . . . a nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A compelling portrait of a woman facing the difficult limits of love.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A timely and absorbing portrait of the complexities of modern life. This is Emily Giffin at her very best.” —Kristin Hannah
“Riveting and poignant, Emily Giffin's latest novel paints an impossible
dilemma that will make readers ponder hard questions about loyalty and love. I was captivated by every page.”—Harlan Coben
“Giffin’s writing is true, smart, and heartfelt.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Giffin ranks as a grandmaster. [In her] bestselling novels she has traversed the slippery slopes of true love, lost love, marriage, motherhood, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that have led her to be called ‘a modern-day Jane Austen.’”—Chicago Sun-Times
The queen is making her return to shelves! Emily Giffin, the New York Times bestselling author behind Something Borrowed, The One & Only and First Comes Love, is set to release her latest tome, All We Ever Wanted, on June 26, 2018 — and Us Weekly has the exclusive first look at the cover!
About the Author
Emily Giffin, a Chicago native, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, she moved to Manhattan and practiced litigation at a large firm for several years while she paid back her school loans, wrote a novel in her very limited spare time, and dreamed of becoming a writer.
Despite the rejection of her first manuscript, Giffin persisted, retiring from the legal profession and moving to London to pursue her dreams full time. It was there that she began writing Something Borrowed (2004), a story of a young woman who, upon turning thirty, finally learned to take a risk and follow her heart. One year later, Giffin’s own gamble paid off, as she completed her manuscript, landed an agent and signed a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic. The following summer, Something Borrowed, hailed as a “heartbreakingly honest debut” with “dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity and genuine warmth,” became a surprise sensation, and Giffin vowed never to practice law again.
Dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times), Giffin has since penned six more New York Times bestsellers, Something Blue (2005), Baby Proof (2006), Love the One You’re With (2008), Heart of the Matter (2010), Where We Belong (2012), The One & Only (2014) and First Comes Love (2016). Her eight novels, all filled with endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity, have resonated deeply with both critics and readers around the world, achieving bestseller status in a number of countries, including the United States (#1), Canada (#1), United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Poland (#1). The books have been translated into thirty-one languages, with over eleven million copies sold worldwide. In addition, five of her novels have been optioned for the big screen and are in various stages of development. The first, Something Borrowed, hit theaters in May 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski.
Giffin now resides with her husband and three young children in Atlanta. Her ninth novel, All We Ever Wanted, will be released on June 26, 2018. Read More