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Parker’s latest novel (The Watery Part of the World, 2011) follows two wandering souls who seek to reconcile heartbreak and failure. Marcus is on the road to Mexico, after losing his family’s long-held North Carolina farmhouse in foreclosure. He is also leaving behind his latest botched enterprise, an educational center dedicated to the Venus flytrap. Meanwhile, Maria leaves Oregon for her hometown of Pinto Canyon and settles in with her distant mother. Maria remains tormented over the suicide of her high-school boyfriend 10 years earlier, and her return to the small West Texas town has been far from welcomed. Marcus’ and Maria’s paths unexpectedly cross on a used-car lot, where both are so taken by a 1984 Buick Electra that the two strangers hurriedly enter an agreement to co-own the vehicle. As their friendship grows, Marcus and Maria begin to confront their pasts and how their actions affected those closest to them. Parker deftly captures his characters’ uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire. --Leah Strauss --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway . . . Told with . . . emotional complexity and subtlety.” ―The New York Times
“This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift--shared sensibility--and about being saved . . . I love this book.” ―Antonya Nelson, author of Bound
“Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river--calm depths here, turbulent shallows there--as Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward an imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have in This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life.” ―The Denver Post
“Don’t pass by Michael Parker’s book about a 'low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speak--it’s no lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story.” ―Washingtonian magazine’s blog
“The writing is direct, the characters vivid . . . In All I Have in This World, Parker, in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run.” ―Austin American-Statesman
“Parker deftly captures his characters’ uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire.” ―Booklist
“Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“'Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on.” ―Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2
They come together in Texas. Both are searching, lost in their lives and hoping to find a way to a better place. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Sandra Iler Kirkland
Michael Parker is a world-class writer working on a small stage. He captures brilliantly the urgency of youth as it settles into middle age, and the things we learn to live... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chillville, CA
I'm currently reading this, but I'm not sure I can force myself to finish it unless it gets better quickly.Published 9 months ago by Amused at the Nutty Left
One of my favorite writers, a former writing teacher. Sense of humor underlies the story in an enticing way, characters are quirky but real. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Fierce Red Pen
It was an okay book. The characters were a little quirky. Odd ending.Published 14 months ago by Kay E
I only read 7% of this book. I just didn't like it. I really don't think I have a right to rate it if I haven't read it, but I was so disappointed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lana A. Osborne
The reviews for this book were generally good, and I thought the premise was promising. "Two strangers meet over the hood of a used car in Texas. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael Milhaud
Can't wait to read the whole thing? When will it be offered? Why isn't it offered now so we can finish it.Published 16 months ago by Kathleen E. Watterson
Marie has been gone from her mother’s house for quite a long time. Marcus’ dream of building a Museum honoring the Venus Fly Trap has dissolved into rot and weeds. Read morePublished 16 months ago by NLE