Everything You Ever Wanted: A Florence Welch Between Two Books Pick

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Everything You Ever Wanted: A Florence Welch Between Two Books Pick

Everything You Ever Wanted: A Florence Welch Between Two Books Pick

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Only having read this particular book by Shepard, I can’t see myself reading any of her other books. How much of her desire to escape is born of a refusal to admit that there is more tethering her to this world – a younger sister, a close friend, a sort-of boyfriend – than she is prepared to acknowledge? I have to admit that before reading Everything We Ever Wanted I had never read a Sara Shepard novel. I think referring to certain things that appear very appealing onto the surface, and having them slowly become annoying or burdensome, was a very effective literary device by the author to show this is not the reality we (or Iris) truly want. In this story it's almost like these characters are significant to the themes because they are so insignificant.

Iris’s encounter with Edie Dalton, the “bold, boyish, sharp” love of her teenage years, is particularly affecting. The next day you stay in bed until the afternoon, scrolling through your social media feeds and wondering why everyone else seems to be achieving so much. The characters it portrays feels akin to any person in your own extended web of connections in the real world; day-to-day people all very ordinary and forgettable.She has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she won the Pat Kavanagh Award.

I was expecting nothing but thrillers from her so I was very pleasantly surprised to read this one and realized how much variety she was capable of.

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It should have been a win for me - a possible murder in a hazing gone wrong, family secrets, plenty of intrigue - but it just fell flat. The story alternates between the perspectives of Sylvia, Joanna, Scott, and Charles, often in random, confusing manners without explanation of the time or events that have passed between. Luiza Sauma’s second novel puts a science-fiction spin on a well-worn narrative of early midlife crisis. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit. If you liked the sound of this book and want some new translated sci-fi in your life, check out Broken Stars, a collection of Chinese sci-fi stories edited by Ken Liu.

I think (and hope) that the author’s intent was to show that he was more than that on the inside but that no one gets to know him well enough to figure that out. So, therefore as soon as I had the opportunity to review Everything We Ever Wanted I jumped at the chance.



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