Saturday 9 February 2013

Everybody Has Everything

Finished February 9
Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad

This novel has a couple, Ana and James, who are thrust into a situation with no warning. Their friends Marcus and Sarah have been in a car accident and Marcus is dead, while Sarah is in a coma. Marcus and Sarah's 2 1/2 year old son Finn is not injured, and Ana and James are named as the legal guardians in Sarah and Marcus's wills. With Sarah's situation uncertain, the couple take charge of Finn, and this sudden change to their lives changes their relationship and finds them questioning their ability to be parents.
Ana is a research lawyer hoping to make partner, a woman who organizes her house to a pristine minimalism. Her unstable childhood and difficult relationship with her mother has her scared about her own parenting skills. James desire to be a father has him jumping into the situation with both feet, and since he was recently laid off from his television job, he has the time to be the primary caregiver.
As the two adjust to Finn, and to how their own relationship changes, we see the emotions both good and bad that are felt by both of them.
This is an interesting situation and the characters are complex and interesting. Very enjoyable read.


  1. O.k. now you are just speed reading. when did you get this done so quickly. It does sound very good. My parents looked after a child in a similar situation, the mother eventually came back, boy did we miss that little girl. I think my dad, who always felt that 5 children were enough, was ready to keep her. Glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. No, no speed reading Irene. I am always reading several books at the same time and sometimes I end up finishing them the same day.