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JAMI ATTENBERG discusses her new novel ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS, with ALISSA NUTTING

All This Could Be Yours (Houghton Mifflin)

From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer

"If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am," says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex--a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.

As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward--with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

All This Could Be Yours is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to--maybe, hopefully--break free. With her signature "sparkling prose" ( Marie Claire) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

Praise for All This Could Be Yours

"With her sixth novel, Jami Attenberg...secures her place as an oddly sparkling master of warped family sagas... All This Could Be Yours is orchestrated with the precision of an opera on a revolving stage...Full of brio."-- NPR

"Arguably Attenberg's best novel to date...Attenberg's characters compellingly offer a frank glimpse into the scourge of late capitalism and toxic masculinity in the United States...As family secrets unspool, the years of resentment and anger burn off in this tightly drawn novel."--The Observer

"Attenberg is a master at excavating the good, the bad and the ugly truths about families, and in this short but potent novel, her richly human characters populate a witty narrative studded with surprises."--People, Book of the Week

" All This Could Be Yours is an engaging portrait of the unshakable connection of family."--Vogue

"Complicated families are Attenberg's speciality, and she more than delivers on that premise here."--Buzzfeed

"Told from multiple perspectives, All This Could Be Yours illustrates the heartbreak, isolation and chaos that comes from really getting to know your family." --Time

"Attenberg is never less than wise, hilarious, and deeply real about all the fundamental topics: families, love, death, money, and knowing when you can fix something versus when you maybe can't."--Isaac Fitzgerald

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up. She has contributed essays to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, and Longreads, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans.

Alissa Nutting is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novels Tampa and Made For Love.

Jami Attenberg photo by Zack Smith

Alissa Nutting photo by Sara Wood

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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