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Everybody Has Everything

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Everybody Has Everything

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What happens when the tidy, prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2½-year-old, Finn. Finn's crash-landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden, truths about themselves, both individually and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?

What happens when the tidy, prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2½-year-old, Finn. Finn's crash-landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden, truths about themselves, both individually and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?

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  • KATRINA ONSTAD's first novel, How Happy to Be, was published to great acclaim in 2006. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, and Toronto Life. Katrina lives in Toronto, where she is a culture columnist for the Globe and Mail. Visit her at www.katrinaonstad.ca.

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  • The Globe and Mail "More ambitious and assured that Onstad's debut, but just as gripping. . . . Onstad's timely new novel examines how and why adults choose to be parents, and what happens when you don't have that much choice in the matter. . . . Ana and James are thoroughly convincing and their agony and triumphs compelling in this impressive sophomore effort."
  • Real Simple "[A] radiant novel powered by gorgeous writing, a quietly propulsive plot, and an uncannily accurate rendering of the way love, lust, rage, and reconciliation ebb and flow in the life of a couple."
  • Library Journal (Starred Review) "With concise, elegant prose, the author presents an audacious look at a question no one is supposed to ask, namely, can everyone be parents? Or, more important, should they?"
  • Vincent Lam, author of the Giller Prize-winning Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and The Headmaster's Wager "Tenderly observed and elegantly drawn, Onstad's characters are true to the deep worries and tangential shifts of fate which often define modern life; they remind us of that life's ability to soothe, to hurt, and to heal."
  • Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants "Utterly rich, vivid and filled with urgency. I couldn't take my eyes off of these characters."
  • Chatelaine "Everyone will recognize the all too common yearnings and failings of two people trying to figure out what will make them happy . . ."
  • NOW magazine "Onstad makes a significant leap into the deep end with this story. . . . Brave work from a writer who gets better with every book."
  • Lauren Fox, author of Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us "Everybody Has Everything is about many things – family, friendship, responsibility, loss – but at its heart, it's about what happens when the person you love suddenly veers off in another direction. It is unflinching yet tender, gripping and lyrical and devastating. I can't stop thinking about it."
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