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Dark and biting social satire somehow perfectly captures what it's like to be a woman today,
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This review is from: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything: A Novel (Paperback)
This is that rare dark extremely harsh satire that makes you feel both horrible for laughing at the protagonists' troubles and horrible because there are moments when their emotions are so akin to what we all go through as women. The theme of the book is self-expectations, mainly the fact that all three women have unrealistically high expectations for their lives... hence the title. But in the end, they must settle for something that is far from their expectations, but far better for their ultimate happiness and self content. On the face of it, the story is a little over the top. A wife of a super billionaire and her two privileged daughters deal with dad leaving and refusing to hand over any of his recently gained IPO money. The elder daughter Margaret also happens to be going through a career low. And the younger daughter is flailing around in adolescence. Certain parts of the novel get a little crazy but it's all in good fun because what lies underneath is that thing we (women) all cope with these days - the drive to be perfect and the knowledge we can never get there and probably never want to anyways.