All This Could Be Yours

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Do you ever really know your family? The people you are supposed to be the closest too? Alex is trying to find out more about her father as he lays dying in a hospital bed. Told between various point of views, Alex's need to know more is a fight to also know more about herself. 

I love stories of families that are broken or trying to heal. This story is less about the healing and more about uncovering the truth. I enjoyed reading the novel, even read it in one day. I wish we could have learned more about Alex and her brother, Alex and less about the secondary characters.
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I had really anticipated reading All This Could Be Yours. Although I’m glad I have now read it I’m not yet that I can say I loved it. And maybe that’s the point. None of the characters were likable but you kept going back to find out more more of why they stayed in the family, more of why they are the way they are. You get the impression that you know the type of work the family patriarch did in his life and yet you never know for sure. This is definitely a story you keep coming back to. I find it very close to the new show Succession - patriarch in power and the rest of the family trying to keep up and understand.
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I devoured this book the author always brings the story her characters alive.A toxic man on his dying bed the family connected to him his acts effects on their lives and the grief that surrounds the dying. I will be recommending this book to my book club#netgalley#hmh
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Thank you to Net Galley and HMH for an advanced copy of All This Could Be Yours. I am a huge Jami Attenberg fan and love that each book she writes is different but still wonderful. Attenberg always takes such an interested approach to complex and complicated families. I always enjoy when a favorite author explores themes like toxic masculinity, family dysfunction and the power of asking “why.” Brava, Jami! Cant wait for everyone to pick this one up!
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Wow, I really enjoyed this one!!! It was centered around a man on his deathbed and his family. It illustrates the effects that a toxic person has on those near them, had tons of secrets, details, intrigue and I kept reading and reading to find out all the answers. 

I have not read any books by Attenberg prior, and will definitely look at more. Very good intense read.
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Jami Attenberg writes with both brevity and wit. This is a dysfunctional family saga that revolves around the deathbed of an asshole patriarch. Each chapter is told from a different vantage point, including the coroner that performs the autopsy. I laughed out loud frequently, guffawed in many instances, and found the book a ton of fun!

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Jami Attenberg's characters have a way of feeling like people you already know. A compelling look at grief across generations.
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I devoured this book. It is a story that is so raw and present.

It centers on a man who is on his death bed.

Shares about the family, secrets and connections.

A messy family drama you wont be able to stop reading. A compelling story you must read.

Thank you to net galley for a galley of this book for an honest review.
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I saw Elin Hilderbrand gushing about this book on her social media and knew I had to give it a try. I'm also from New Orleans so the books location was also appealing. All This Could Be Yours is phenomenal! Family secrets are discovered and lots of drama ensues within the plot. This book is filled with big reveals and lots of flashbacks from multiple character's points of view. You won't want to put this one down!
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This latest novel by Jami Attenberg is a new story and a familiar feeling.  The characters make the reader feel uncomfortable, even judgmental, yet the reader is compelled to learn what they can about them before the story ends.  Attenberg's writing is evocative, relatable and sometimes shocking. 

All This Could Be Yours is an exploration of what grief often looks like when the grief may be for the traits you have inherited rather than the parent or husband you have lost.  We observe the motivations of lonely people through a rotating cast of narrators, some of whom mean well, and others we may find unredeemable in the end.

I won't purchase this title for my (High School) library due to the mature content that may not appeal to teens, but I would recommend it to adults looking for a literary family drama.
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I read the summary for this book and I was very intrigued by it and I’m glad I read it. A dysfunctional family coming together because there horrible father is dying. And what to know what happened to make him they way he is and why on earth would there mother stay with him. And also through this they think about there only relationships. A very well written book
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
All This Could Be Yours is an entertaining book about a family who tries to come together following the heart attack of its patriarch. His wife and adult children have suffered for years at the hands and words of this man, and they struggle with their feelings while he lays in the hospital. I appreciated the multiple points of view from different characters, and especially a brief perspective from the view of a coroner. This would be a great read for fans of Emma Straub, Ann Patchett, or Douglas Coupland.
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All This Could Be Yours is the story of the people--wife, kids, grandkids, and daughter-in-law--who have to live with a terrible, abusive man and his legacy. It's an engaging family drama, but the best parts of the books are the glimpses into the lives of all the people who exist on the family's periphery on the day that Victor Tuchman, the aforementioned patriarch, breathes his last. The EMT who responds to Victor's heart attach, the coroner who examines his body, the man in the hospital suffering from a stroke--we get brief asides about them and their lives and the ways they view the Tuchman family. These peripheral stories were my favorite part, but they also didn't quite fit into the narrative structure of the novel, making it read like two different formal approaches awkwardly fused together.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read the Kindle ARC of "All This Could Be Yours," by Jami Attenberg. I have read all of Ms. Attenbergs books and this, by far, was my favorite. It is the intricately-woven story of a family, never quite to together but always quite broken. Victor is a man with shady business dealings and connections. His wife, Barbra, raises their two children, Gary and Alex,  in the comfort of their Connecticut home, but its with a price. Victor's money comes from unknown business and he is abusive to Barbra and, at times, to the children. The book follows the early marriage of Victor and Barbra, all the way through Gary and Alex's middle-aged days and their own families and relationships. Victor and Barbra's daughter, Alex, is determined to seek answers about her father, but Barbra is not forthcoming with the information.  I would consider this book literary fiction - there is nothing light about it, but it is written so wonderfully, it was a book I just didn't want to put down. Plenty of slow reveals show further fracturing of the family, including Gary's spouse, Twyla. I feel that this is Jami Attenberg's best story to date.
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Oh man, I devoured this book! Centered around a man on his deathbed, this book is alive, alive, alive. It explores the effect of a toxic person on those close to them. Family and secrets and connections. It made me want to know more about the inner life of every person I've ever known or met or seen.
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I have not been able to stop thinking about this book since I read it. Attenberg is skillful at capturing dysfunctional family dynamics and the Tuchmans are as dysfunctional as they come.  Victor Tuchman is toxic masculinity defined and Attenberg guides us through the effects of that toxicity as daughter Alex tries to figure out the “why” of her family’s history.  Asks the question:  Is forgiveness the only option at the end of a bad person’s life or are there other ways to heal?

Recommended for fans of Jennifer Egan and Meg Wolitzer and readers who like examinations of dysfunctional family dynamics. Great book group choice.
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Jami Attenberg has written an enthralling story of a family dealing with their dying patriarch, Victor. The story jumps around between characters and includes flashbacks to fully show Victor's despicable behavior. Not everyone will love this, but the people who enjoy this kind of narrative will adore if.
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A day on the death bed of the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Both grown kids hate their father and question their mother about her long term loyalty to him. The story is told in flashbacks and the structure works well. Taking place in New Orleans, the hat is tipped to 'recovery efforts and a short story line of a caregiver seems a bit out of place. Other than this, this was a solid read and with some of Attenberg' s other works has made me a fan.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
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This is an extraordinary novel that shows Attenberg’s full potential as a powerful novelist has been achieved. She created a family that will not easily be forgotten. The fulcrum is the incredibly evil, aloof, husband and father, Victor Tuchman. He manages to destroy everything that comes near his cold, brutal, calculating hands. 

This is a novel, totally impossible to put down. A particular gift to me since I started it at the airport, read rapturously for hours and finished before we landed. 

Although the book is divided into the quadrants of a day, Attenberg skillfully weaves in the backstories of each character and the damages, physical and emotional, of the wicked Victor. He is a Madoff like character, and one cannot help but wonder how much of the inspiration comes from legitimate sources. 

The icing on the cake is the setting of New Orleans, one of my favorite places, and the story of how this Northeastern Jewish family wound up there. 

Ah, there is justice for the wicked, but such an interesting read as we get there.   Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to take this journey with the Tuchmans.
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I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review 

I truly love this author, and this book definitely is written in her signature style of wacky Jewish families not getting along in a multi person rhapsodic narrative. The book starts off strong. However, this book has too many voices, and the plot and the narrative path meander a bit,  so it’s hard to keep caring. For Attenberg diehards only (there are many of us, I’m sure). Solid three and a half, sadly rounded up.
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