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 brilliant descriptions ship a robust message: there's wish hidden in depression” (Publishers Weekly).
For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mom, Rita, lifestyles hasn't ever been good. 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. whilst funds runs out and their vehicle breaks down, they locate themselves stranded in a small city known as fats River the place Rita eventually lands a gradual activity waitressing at Tiny’s, the neighborhood diner. With adequate cash to pay their money owed, they hire a home and make their very own family members: tender-hearted Mel, the landlord of the diner; the getting older vendors of the neighborhood ironmongery store 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 personal loan. nearly once Rita buys a home their fortunes swap. confronted once more with the possibility 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 gorgeous, heartrending first novel. “A brilliant trip into the darkish part of the yank Dream...that alternates among black comedy and heart-breaking realism...All We Had is an stress-free learn that takes a big examine fiscal lack of confidence” (Providence Journal).
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All We Had: A Novel by Annie Weatherwax