All We Had

All We Had

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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The stunning debut novel from sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax, a wry and sharply observed portrait of a gritty mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America.For thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, life has never been stable. The only sure thing is their love for each other. Though Rita works more than one job, the pair teeters on the edge of poverty. When their landlord kicks them out, Rita resorts to her movie-star looks and produces carpet-installer Phil, "an instant boyfriend," who takes them in. Before long, Ruthie convinces her mother to leave and in their battered Ford Escort, they head East in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where their luck finally takes a turn. Rita lands a steady job waitressing at Tiny's, the local diner. With enough money to...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781476755243

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shapjul
Aug 10, 2014

This is an excellent book. Narrator is a teenage girl and the focus of the book is her relationship with her mother. They are poor and struggling in the 2000s. Runs through the financial crises. The voice of the narrator is great and the characters sharply defined. There's something about the voice that let's you know (I think) that the narrator will make it, but there are scenes both harrowing and funny along the way. I think an older teen might like it as well as grownups.

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