Victor Tuchman - a power-hungry real estate developer and an all-round bad man - is finally on his deathbed. His daughter Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he really was and what he did over the course of his life. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tight-lipped mother, Barbra. As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous married life. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores while bursting into crying fits. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward - with one another, for themselves and for the sake of their children.
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Jami Attenberg is the author of a story collection, Instant Love, and the novels The Kept Man, The Melting Season, All Grown Up, Saint Mazie and The Middlesteins, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. She has been published in sixteen languages. She lives in New Orleans. Follow her @jamiattenberg
Jami Attenberg's work is so deeply attuned to humans and our imperfect attempts to love each other ... Attenberg handles it all with an expert touch and a keen sense of what, despite all the sadness and secrets, keeps people connected, striving for moments of beauty and tenderness in a dark world
Emma Cline, author of The Girls
An ambitious and utterly delectable novel about families and their secrets that opens up, pleasurably, like a set of nesting dolls.
Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
No one understands the contradictions of the human heart and how our grace and our failures reverberate through our families better than Jami Attenberg.
And no one writes about our grace and failures with humor and compassion better than her either.
Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird
The novel takes place in one very long day but encompasses the entirety of lifetimes ... Prickly and unsentimental, but never quite hopeless, Attenberg, poet laureate of difficult families, captures the relentlessly lonely beauty of being alive. Not a gentle novel but a deeply tender one.
A richly drawn pleasure
Attenberg writes with a deeply human understanding of her characters, and the fact that, when it comes to family, things are rarely well enough to leave alone
A dark, deliciously captivating look into the way a toxic patriarch can poison everyone around him ... There are no easy resolutions offered here, but that's as it should be
A deep dive into the darker side of family bonds, All This Could Be Yours is another compulsively readable novel by Jami Attenberg ... This is a parable for our times.
Versatile, earthbound, and unforgiving ... a comic blend of messy family drama
Attenberg is a master of subtlety ... The unusual twist here is that readers learn all their stories while the characters do not.
Her characters-flawed, defensive, overwhelmed and frequently endearing-fizz off the page. Their inner lives coalesce beautifully into a funny and heart-stirring tribute to the nutty inscrutability of belonging to a family.
Gets so deep into the psyches of her characters that the story ends up seeming electric with ruin, and with possible resurrection
New York Times
Attenberg, secures her place as an oddly sparkling master of warped family sagas ... full of brio
A brutal and beautiful story of familial dysfunction ... Attenberg doesn't flinch from digging into life's messiness, pressing gently but resolutely into wounds to see what oozes out.
USA Today, 4 stars out of 4
If you choose one novel this fall, choose Jami Attenberg's.
A patriarch's death strains a family's already fraught relationships in this dazzling novel from Attenberg ... This is a delectable family saga.
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
All This Could Be Yours is an engaging portrait of the unshakeable connection of family.
As family secrets unspool, the years of resentment and anger burn off in this tightly drawn novel ... Attenberg's unflinching ability to create utterly vulnerable and vicious characters, locked in a cycle of want and need, demand your attention...arguably Attenberg's best novel to date.
New York Observer
From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer.
In this darkly hilarious family drama, an abusive patriarch is on his deathbed in New Orleans, and his daughter is determined to mine her distant mother for secrets.
New York Post
All hail Jami Attenberg, the queen of dysfunctional families.
Set against the vivid backdrop of New Orleans, Jami Attenberg's extraordinary new novel All This Could Be Yours is a deep dive into fractured family dynamics. In alternating voices, Attenberg expertly weaves together a chorus of love, betrayal and inheritance.
Hannah Tinti, author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley