By Annie Weatherwax
A stirring debut novel a few mom and daughter who locate an not going domestic amid the quirky citizens of a small town—“The clever type, crisp narrative, sharp discussion, and shiny descriptions ship a strong message: there's wish hidden in depression” (Publishers Weekly).
For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mom, Rita, lifestyles hasn't ever been solid. notwithstanding Rita works multiple task, the pair teeters at the fringe of poverty.
In their battered Ford Escort, they head east looking for a greater existence. whilst cash runs out and their vehicle breaks down, they locate themselves stranded in a small city known as fats River the place Rita ultimately lands a gradual activity waitressing at Tiny’s, the neighborhood diner. With adequate cash to pay their accounts, they hire a home and make their very own relatives: 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 going 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 will pay to maintain them out of poverty adjustments their lives forever.
Annie Weatherwax has written a beautiful, heartrending first novel. “A bright trip into the darkish part of the yank Dream...that alternates among black comedy and heart-breaking realism...All We Had is an relaxing learn that takes an enormous examine financial lack of confidence” (Providence Journal).
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All We Had: A Novel by Annie Weatherwax