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All We Ever Wanted

A Novel

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 
In this riveting novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. . . .

“An unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • “A gripping, thought-provoking journey.”—Jodi Picoult

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THESKIMM


Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. 

Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

Praise for
All We Ever Wanted

“Page-turning . . . Timely and thought-provoking, it’s Giffin’s best yet.”
—People

“Giffin’s novel has style and substance . . . . Truly excellent."
—The Washington Post

“If you’re looking for a book club selection,
All We Ever Wanted is bound to spark meaningful and meaty discussions.”
—The Augusta Chronicle

“A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege.”
—Entertainment Weekly
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"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

"A gripping, thought-provoking journey."-Jodi Picoult

"Page-turning . . . Timely and thought-provoking, it's Giffin's best yet."-People

"Giffin's novel has style and substance . . . . Truly excellent."-The Washington Post

"If you're looking for a book club selection, All We Ever Wanted is bound to spark meaningful and meaty discussions."-The Augusta Chronicle

"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 family story that brings up plenty of issues ripe for book group discussions."-Library Journal

"A timely and absorbing portrait of the complexities of modern life . . . This is Emily Giffin at her very best."-Kristin Hannah

"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 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

"All We Ever Wanted is an emotional journey that forces readers to think."-Associated Press

"This complex and layered novel will give you all the feels." -Brit + Co

"Giffin draws the reader in like few storytellers can, and All We Ever Wanted is no exception. She effortlessly captures the voices of a struggling single father, a strong yet vulnerable teenage girl and a mother desperate to know the truth about her own child. All We Ever Wanted is a deeply moving cautionary tale about the perils of privilege."-BookPage

"A compelling portrait of a woman facing the difficult limits of love."-Kirkus Reviews

"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

"A compelling, fascinating story told through blue-ribbon dialogue and the dual gifts of intelligence and goodness. I loved this novel."-Elinor Lipman
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Emily Giffin is the author of eight internationally bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, and First Comes Love. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.
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    NINA

    It started out as a typical Saturday night. And by typical, I don't mean normal in any mainstream American way. There was no grilling out with the neighbors or going to the movies or doing any of the things I did as a kid. It was simply typical for what we'd become since Kirk sold his software company, and we went from comfortable to wealthy. Very wealthy.

    Obscene was the description my childhood best friend Julie once used-not about us, but about Melanie, another friend-after Melanie bought herself a diamond Rolex for Mother's Day and then offhandedly remarked at one of our dinner parties that homemade pottery from her kids "wasn't going to cut it."

    "She could feed a Syrian refugee camp for an entire year with that watch," Julie had groused in my kitchen after the other guests had departed. "It's obscene."

    I'd nodded noncommittally, hiding my own Cartier under the edge of our marble island, as I silently reassured myself with all the ways my watch, and therefore my life, were different from Melanie's. For one, I didn't buy the watch for myself on a whim; Kirk gave it to me for our fifteenth anniversary. For another, I had always loved when our son, Finch, made me presents and cards in his younger years, and was sad that those had become relics of the past.

    Most important, I don't think I ever flaunted our wealth. If anything, it embarrassed me. As a result, Julie didn't hold our money against me. She didn't know our exact worth but had a general sense of it, especially after she'd gone house hunting with me when Kirk was too busy, helping me find our home on Belle Meade Boulevard, where we now lived. She and her husband and girls were regular guests at our lake house and our home on Nantucket, just as she happily inherited my gently used designer hand-me-downs.

    Occasionally Julie would call Kirk out, though, not for being showy like Melanie but for having elitist tendencies. A fourth-generation silver-spoon Nashvillian, my husband grew up ensconced in a private-school, country-club world, so he'd had some practice at being a snob, even back when his money was merely old, and not yet obscene. In other words, Kirk came from a "good family"-that elusive term that nobody ever came out and defined, yet we all knew was code for having old money and a certain well-bred, refined taste. As in: he's a Browning.

    My maiden name, Silver, held no such status, not even by the standards of Bristol, the town on the Tennessee-Virginia border where I grew up and Julie still lived. We were no slouches-my dad wrote for the Bristol Herald Courier and my mom was a fourth-grade teacher-but we were squarely middle class, and our idea of living large was everyone ordering dessert at a nonchain restaurant. Looking back, I wonder if that may have explained my mom's preoccupation with money. It wasn't that she was impressed with it, but she could always tell you who had it and who did not, who was cheap and who was living beyond their means. Then again, my mom could pretty much tell you anything about anyone in Bristol. She wasn't a gossip-at least not a mean-spirited one-she was simply fascinated by other people's business, from their wealth and health to their politics and religion.

    Incidentally, my dad is Jewish and my mother Methodist. Live and let live is their mantra, an outlook that was passed on to both my brother, Max, and me, the two of us embracing the more attractive elements of each religion, like Santa Claus and Seders, while punting Jewish guilt and Christian judgment. This was a good thing, especially for Max, who came out during college. My parents didn't miss a beat. If anything, they seemed more uncomfortable with Kirk's money than with my brother's sexuality, at least when we first began to date. My mother had insisted that she was just sad I wouldn't be getting back together with Teddy, my high school boyfriend, whom she adored, but I sometimes sensed a s
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 400
Erscheinungsdatum 11.09.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-5247-9885-7
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.2/10.3/3 cm
Gewicht 197 g
Verkaufsrang 18471
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