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All We Had: A Novel - Annie Weatherwax
All We Had: A Novel
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Now a major motion picture starring Katie Holmes. A stirring debut novel about a mother and daughter who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of a small town—“The smart style, crisp narrative, sharp dialogue, and vivid descriptions send a powerful message: there is hope hidden in... show more
Now a major motion picture starring Katie Holmes. A stirring debut novel about a mother and daughter who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of a small town—“The smart style, crisp narrative, sharp dialogue, and vivid descriptions send a powerful message: there is hope hidden in despair” (Publishers Weekly).For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty. In their battered Ford Escort, they head east in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where Rita finally lands a steady job waitressing at Tiny’s, the local diner. With enough money to pay their bills, they rent a house and make their own family: tender-hearted Mel, the owner of the diner; the aging owners of the local hardware store whose livelihoods are dwindling; and Peter Pam, the transgender waitress who becomes Ruthie’s closest friend. Into this unlikely utopia comes a smooth-talking mortgage broker who entices Rita with a subprime loan. Almost as soon as Rita buys a house their fortunes change. Faced once again with the prospect of homelessness, Rita reverts to survival mode, and the price she pays to keep them out of poverty changes their lives forever. Annie Weatherwax has written a stunning, heartrending first novel. “A vivid journey into the dark side of the American Dream...that alternates between black comedy and heart-breaking realism...All We Had is an enjoyable read that takes an important look at economic insecurity” (Providence Journal).
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781476755229 (1476755221)
ASIN: 1476755221
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader
Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader rated it
5.0
“We went from zero to sixty in no time. I was out of school and she was out of work. We had no place to be and not a thing to lose.” And so begins this amazing book by Annie Weatherwax. Some of my previous reviews focused on the art of a story—Annie is the artist and shares this story as only an a...
Kittens and Books
Kittens and Books rated it
4.0 All We Had: A Novel
I received an advanced copy of this book for review through Netgalley. My reviews can also be found on my blog.3.5 stars I went into this expecting a light read. It took some adjusting before I could get into the story, but once I did it was wonderful.Ruth is so young and deals with so much in her l...
The Aussie Zombie
The Aussie Zombie rated it
3.5 All We Had by Annie Weatherwax
Ruthie and Rita are as close as mother and daughter can be. Living hand-to-hand and boyfriend-to-boyfriend, they are permanently on the edge of disaster. When Rita dumps her latest boyfriend and the two take off, not knowing where they are going, or what to do when they get there. What they find is ...
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