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All You Could Ask For: A Novel Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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A seemingly incongruous choice of subject matter for author Greenberg, well-known ESPN anchor, All You Could Ask For examines the lives of three well-to-do women from Greenwich, Connecticut. Part 1 of the novel introduces us to Brooke, the young mother still very much in love with her husband; Samantha, the newlywed shocked to discover evidence of her husband’s infidelity while they’re on their Hawaiian honeymoon; and Katherine, the powerful banking executive who still works for the man who broke her heart years ago. Part 2 goes on to reveal how the women come to know one another and how their lives change for the better through shared friendships. Although the novel comes off, at times, as manufactured and cloying, Greenberg’s heart is in the right place. The shared adversity these women face is portrayed realistically and tenderly, although a storybook ending ties up the individual stories a little too neatly. 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. --Stephanie Turza
“Funny and moving.” (Connecticut Post)
“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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My "in a nutshell" summary...
Three girls and their lives and the life altering way that they meet up and connect.
My thoughts after reading this book...
My first thoughts are that Mike Greenberg...the ESPN sports guy...wrote a lovely lovely book. It's profound and funny and unique and rather liberating.
These three women could be any of our friends or family. They were strong and funny and brave and valuable. Their shared life altering experience made them appreciate life. They met in a unique way and helped each other in a unique way. It was truly lovely.
But...there were also sexy bits and funny bits and touching bits. This author knew what he was writing about.
What I loved about this book...
It was lovely and touched my heart. It made me aware of struggles and life altering situations that can devastate our lives at any time. But that we have the power to survive.
What I did not love...
Health issues always freak me out but this book actually gave me some hope and a little piece of mind that if something happens you have to learn to be brave.
Dare I say chick lit with a message? I found this to be a book that shows true insight and bravery for some tough situations.