Perfect for fans of Rick Moody, Lauren Groff, and Celeste Ng, a propulsive literary breakout about three suburban families whose lives spiral dangerously out of control after tragedy strikes.
Who suffers when the privileged fall?
One frigid winter night, Mia and Michael Slate's comfortable world dissolves in an instant when they discover their best friend has cheated them out of their life savings. At the same time, a few doors down, their teenaged son passes out in the snow at a party - a mistake whose consequences will shatter not just their family, but an entire community.
In this arresting, masterful pause-resister shot through with fierce, clear-eyed compassion and a sublime insight into human fragility, award-winning novelist Proulx explores the savage underpinnings of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge - and a multilayered portrait of love, in all its glory, that no listener will soon forget.
"We All Love the Beautiful Girls details the aftermath, as the affluent young family's lives dissolve into a chaotic spiral of affairs and secret escapes. She preys on simmering class anxieties to craft a dark thriller about the pretense, deception and destruction that ensues when rich people lose their safety net." (Toronto Life)
"With We All Love the Beautiful Girls, Proulx...moves firmly into John Cheever territory, exploring with a keen eye and incisive prose the suburbs of quiet desperation, peeling back facades to reveal the desperation and violence that lurk just below the surface. When that violence comes to a head, the results are as devastating as they are unexpected." (Toronto Star)
"An emotional thrill-ride that manages to capture the tenderness and rage unique to adolescence and middle-age, the heartbreak of first love, and the fragility of even the most stable-seeming marriage." (Zoe Whittall, best-selling author of The Best Kind of People)
What members say
- Michelle hammer
I really liked the book and was very enthused and enjoyed the characters and story but was disappointed with the end. The focus seemed to change to a secondary character in the storyline and I felt like the fate of the three main characters were left in limbo.
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- deb anne
Just an OK story
Just finished listening and I feel disappointed. First of all the production was not good. Hard to tell which character was speaking and sometimes chapters ran together. The reader was adequate, but not great. I was interested in the story line and where it was going. To me it went no where. The title seemed misplaced as well. It could've been Mia's story, or Finn's story or the boy with no hand. I'm wondering what others thought.