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Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner X
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
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    Jun 2019, 480 pages
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    Apr 2020, 480 pages

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This character-driven novel traces the lives of two sisters who navigate crosscurrents of tradition and rebellion during an era of rapid social change.

Mrs. Everything spans six decades of an American family. We meet the Kaufman sisters Josette 'Jo' and Elizabeth 'Bethie' in 1951 Detroit. The girls grow up during an era where civil rights and women's roles will be challenged and transformed. Their mom Sarah, however, is not liberated. She's intolerant of any behavior that doesn't conform with tradition; she has difficulty making ends meet, especially after her husband dies unexpectedly. As Jo and Bethie come of age, the sisters struggle to form healthy bonds, find their own voices, and move beyond a strict upbringing.

Jo grows up with a vague sense of being attracted to girls, at a time when being gay was taboo, dangerous, and in many states illegal. In college, eager to rebel against her repressive upbringing, Jo participates in civil rights protests and carries on a clandestine relationship with her college sweetheart, Shelley. ...

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