So, ‘Mrs Everything,’ by Jennifer Weiner…I give this 3 and 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4. I have read a couple of her books and generally enjoyed them, but I have to admit that this one nearly lost me. It began slowly and then laboured on for the first 20-30%, and just when I was beginning to wonder if I would bother, it suddenly got more interesting.
Revolving primarily around Bethie and Jo, and told from each of their perspectives as the years progressed, ‘Mrs Everything’ really is about everything; racism, religion, rape, abortion, same sex relationships, mixed race marriages, gender roles, wealth, poverty, drugs, communes…and more! It is more or less a family saga following Bethie and Jo from childhood to adulthood and into old age, and the years it spans are times of great change, when the role of women post-second world war came increasingly under scrutiny. Considering the sheer quantity of social change covered in ‘Mrs Everything,’ I think the author does a great job of keeping it all together, tying up story threads and concluding with a strong ending.
An enjoyable read, and worth sticking with.