Mrs. Everything: A Novel (Paperback)
June 2019 Indie Next List
“Mrs. Everything is a magnificent look at the myriad societal changes for women that occurred in a short span of decades, wrapped up in a compelling novel of two sisters. While I’ve loved reading all of Jennifer Weiner’s work over the years, I believe THIS is her legacy novel — the book that will be read generations from now! It filled my heart.”
— Caitlin Doggart, Fabled Bookshop & Café, Waco, TX
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 sprawling and intensely personal novel to date” (Entertainment Weekly), Jennifer Weiner tells a “simply unputdownable” (Good Housekeeping) 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?
— 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
— 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."
“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
"A multigenerational narrative that's nothing short of brilliant."