By Annie Weatherwax
A stirring debut novel a couple of mom and daughter who locate an not going domestic amid the quirky citizens of a small town—“The clever variety, crisp narrative, sharp discussion, and brilliant descriptions ship a strong message: there's wish hidden in depression” (Publishers Weekly).
For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mom, Rita, existence hasn't ever been reliable. notwithstanding Rita works a couple of task, the pair teeters at the fringe of poverty.
In their battered Ford Escort, they head east looking for a greater lifestyles. while cash runs out and their automobile breaks down, they locate themselves stranded in a small city referred to as fats River the place Rita ultimately lands a gradual activity waitressing at Tiny’s, the neighborhood diner. With adequate funds to pay their debts, they hire a home and make their very own family members: tender-hearted Mel, the landlord of the diner; the getting older proprietors of the neighborhood ironmongery shop whose livelihoods are dwindling; and Peter Pam, the transgender waitress who turns into Ruthie’s closest friend.
Into this not likely utopia comes a smooth-talking loan dealer who entices Rita with a subprime mortgage. virtually once Rita buys a home their fortunes swap. confronted once more with the chance of homelessness, Rita reverts to survival mode, and the fee she can pay to maintain them out of poverty alterations their lives forever.
Annie Weatherwax has written a beautiful, heartrending first novel. “A brilliant trip into the darkish part of the yankee Dream...that alternates among black comedy and heart-breaking realism...All We Had is an stress-free learn that takes an immense examine financial lack of confidence” (Providence Journal).
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All We Had: A Novel by Annie Weatherwax