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All We Ever Wanted

by Emily Giffin

Books of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on All We Ever Wanted

Bold, beautiful, provocative… and I mean provocative in the very best possible way. One compromising photo is all it takes for the lives of two families to be forever altered by the decisions made and actions taken. Each chapter is headed by a character and they tell their own story, the voices are distinctive and undeniably theirs, you could actually start to read without seeing the chapter heading and know within a few sentences who was talking to you. This story just feels so incredibly real, from the social media reaction to the human emotions on display, each moment could be happening to someone right now, at this very second. Emily Giffin writes with consideration and considerable empathy, yet she doesn’t shy away from the darker side of society. I felt I was being allowed to find my own way, to reach my own conclusions, and loved how my thoughts skittered in my mind. This is so incredibly readable, in the US it was a New York Times bestseller and deserves to be a bestseller in the UK too. All We Ever Wanted leapt into my head and then danced into my heart, I really, truly loved it.

Liz Robinson

All We Ever Wanted Synopsis

Could one bad decision tear two families apart? Everyone's seen the compromising photo of Lyla, a scholarship kid in a prestigious private school. Everyone knows that Nina's son, expensively prepared for success since childhood, took the photo. And everyone thinks they know who to blame. As events spiral out of control, Nina and Lyla - both outsiders in the elite social circle they inhabit - are drawn together in an unlikely bond of friendship. Because this photograph is forcing them to question who they really are - and who they are becoming. Already a New York Times bestseller and one of the most talked-about books of the year, this is a gripping novel about second chances, dark family secrets and how it's never too late to be the person you want to be. 

All We Ever Wanted Press Reviews

A gripping, thought-provoking journey - Jodi Picoult

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

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

Giffin's novel has style and substance . . . a worthy addition to your summer reading stack - Washington Post

Timely and thought-provoking, it's Giffin's best yet - People

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ISBN: 9781787462823
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787462823
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Emily Giffin
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is in her thirties. She graduated from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. She practiced law in New York City for several years before moving to London, where she began writing full time. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. She is the author of four previous novels: Something Borrowed reached the number 1 spot on The Bookseller Heatseekers’ list with a weekly sale of +6000 copies and the movie – starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin –  was released in 2011. Where We Belong is her sixth novel.

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