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All You Could Ask For: A Novel Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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“Delves with authenticity and compassion into the lives and minds of three female characters . . . This well-written page-turner by a surprising author . . . features true-to-life characters who are entertaining and compelling. A must read for fans of smart women’s fiction.” (Library Journal)
“Upbeat [and] snappy.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The shared adversity these women face is portrayed realistically and tenderly . . . The three women are well drawn, and Greenberg displays an admirable ear for realistic dialogue. Fans of Deborah Copaken Konan, Sarah Pekkanen, and contemporary ensemble fiction will enjoy this debut novel.” (Booklist)
“Mike is as clever, astute, and perceptive as he is brilliant. He has beautifully pulled off the three female voices in this novel -- a rare feat for a man -- with tremendous wisdom and insight. I can’t wait to see what he does next.” (Jane Green, New York Times-bestselling author)
“Who would have guessed that a guy who works for ESPN could write such a terrific novel for women? . . . This book, and these women, surprised me all the way through, and moved me to tears and laughter both.” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times-bestselling author)
“I’m proud of Greeny. His characters could be anybody’s mother, sister or best friend. We can all relate in one way or another to their relationships and lives.” (Chris Golic, aka Mrs. Golic)
“He may be the ‘king of guy talk,’ but wait until you read the way he writes women.” (Stacy Steponate Greenberg, aka Mrs. Greeny)
“I read All You Could Ask For with slack-jawed admiration. Hands-down rookie of the year!” (Bruce Feiler, New York Times bestselling author of The Council of Dads and The Secrets of Happy Families)
“ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg makes his living on guy talk, but who knew he had a gift for girl gab, too?...This novel celebrates women and the bonds that tie them together. Readers looking for a page turner about friendship, and finding meaning in one’s life, will be satisfied.” (Associated Press)
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When Samantha, Katherine, and Brooke are handed the same diagnostic fate the plan of action may be different but the goal is survival. The only hesitation in their plans is the question resounding in their heads; has my life been worth talking about? The battle they are about to embark on reminds each of them with a huge blow that they share a common enemy that is trying to take everything away and how are they going to stop that from happening. Facing diversity each will respond, react, and choose to survive, as it deems appropriate. Plans are formed, treatment options decided, and futures secured with each one forced to answer where I go from here. When you reflect upon your life, the one constant does come down to the legacy you are leaving and how you will be remembered.
Mike Greenberg has created three wonderful characters, wrapped around a moving story, topped off with a not so subtle reminder that money does not buy happiness.
That was what it was like reading this book. I was encouraged to read the book by people saying how "amazing it is for a man to write women characters so accurately, in such real voices." Now, I can't tell if this book reflects one or two realities...? #1) The author is a really dumb man, and so the only thinking he can write/reflect is dumb, inane chatter. OR #2) The author is not dumb, but he thinks ALL women are dumb, and his characters reflect this belief.
I mean, one character is supposed to be a woman turning 40, a CAO (chief administrative officer, a position created for her), 2 Harvard degrees. So smart, experienced woman. But he has her going on a blind date, and she has such thoughts as "Oh, my God! Will I spend my whole life with him?" Jesus, what intelligent woman, with that much life experiences, has such an inane thought?
And then you have the married wife, giving her husband a gift - yes, photos of her naked.Read more ›
I began reading All You Could Ask For and had work not interfered, I would have finished the book in a day. Engrossed in the story right away, this easy-to-read yet serious story is the kind of book that is hard for me to break away from--I could not put it down.
The novel is written from the point of view of three women, all of whom are connected before they even meet or hear of each other. The first part of the book is an introduction to the three women and their life stories. The second part of the book deals with each of their stories as they all cope with the diagnosis of breast cancer. I believe Greenberg hits a home run because I would not have thought the book was written by a guy, much less a sports guy. But if you listen or watch the simulcast of Mike and Mike, then you know what an outstanding guy he is and how he could definitely be successful and sensitive in this endeavor.
I enjoyed the well written vignettes by Katherine, Brooke, and Samantha as their lives are presented and their stories progress. Each vignette ends sooner than you want or ends with a surprise and/or hook that keeps you wanting more. At the beginning of many of the short chapters narrated by one of the three ladies, the first sentence by one of the three often relates to the last sentence by one of the other two in some way.
The only format I rolled my eyes at was that of emails to an online forum, but I suppose there was really no other way to present each woman seeking support from other breast cancer patients anonymously and online. Regardless, the subject was important and the story moved forward via these online emails.Read more ›
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I would recommend it to anyone who has been through a life changing illness. The real meaning of happiness is living in the moment with mindfulness and acceptance.Published 1 day ago by L Kelley
Mike Greenburg is a great writer! He writes the different female characters voices with so much empathy and care. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kay
I loved how he intertwined the women to bring a strong , loving book . The story reached me since I volunteer to bring homemade dinners to women and their families who are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Loved the book. Really enjoyed the way the three woman came to meet each other. That horrid word cancer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan A. Green
This book is beautifully written. I loved the characters and the inspiration it provides. Powerful story. . I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by NiceCNYLady
While there are some very good lessons to be learned and some good points to ponder in this story about three women suffering from cancer, this book is obviously written by a male... Read morePublished 2 months ago by vicki archer
It made me laugh and it made me cry. This was an excellent story with a great cast of characters!Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Law
I started this book not knowing at all what it was about. I find it more interesting that way. I loved this book!Published 2 months ago by Catherine Smith
I am almost at a loss for words. This book caught me off guard in that it's told in two parts and I guess I had skimmed so quickly over any descriptions of the book (sometimes they... Read morePublished 2 months ago by FannieBee