All This Could Be Yours Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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By Jami Attenberg, Plummer (Read by)
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Victor Tuchman is dying. A longtime Connecticut businessman, and a crooked one at that, relocated to New Orleans to be near his family. Or are there other reasons? It’s hard to ask his son Gary, as he refuses to come home from a work trip to California, and his wife Twyla is prone to crying fits. Mom won’t open her mouth, either to eat or to reveal her husband’s awful stories. And daughter Alex? She’s caught in the middle, wondering how much her parent’s tortured family history has affected her own broken marriage. All This Could Be Yours uses a round-robin narration style to bring to life a particularly dysfunctional family, all in orbit of a patriarch whose only apt descriptor is vile. Sharp writing, more in the vein of The Middlesteins than Attenberg’s two more recent novels.

— Daniel Goldin

November 2019 Indie Next List

“I am in love with Jami Attenberg’s writing, and was gripped by All This Could Be Yours from the opening pages. Everything about the Tuchmans felt so true to me: Alex’s confusion and anger toward the family’s toxic, now-comatose patriarch, Victor; Barbra’s isolation in her later years after a long marriage to a brute; Twyla and Gary’s unwinding secret selves—all of it is so perfectly told and paced. Full of Attenberg’s trademark dry wit and precise, uncomfortable insight into the psychology of family love (and its close cousin, family hate), this novel had me laughing with genuine joy and crying in real sadness at the same time.”
— Liv Stratman, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY


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 "If I know why he is the way he is then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am," says Alex Tuchman, strong-headed lawyer, loving mother, and daughter of Victor Tuchman--a power-hungry real estate developer and, by all accounts, a bad man. Now that Victor is on his deathbed, Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he is and what he did over the course of his life and career. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra. As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. 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 around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. 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. ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to--maybe, hopefully--break free. With her signature "sparkling prose" (Marie Claire) and pitch-perfect wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781094064062
ISBN-10: 1094064068
Publisher: Hmh Audio
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2019
Language: English