Happy Tuesday, book friends! Today I have a review for All the Beautiful Girls, a stunning and captivating novel of sordid family dynamics. This book publishes today via Grand Central! **Please make sure to read all the way to the bottom to find out how you could win one of two copies of this gorgeous book!**
We All Love the Beautiful Girls is an elegantly-told story of the darker side of family.
Mia and Michael Slate are married and appear to have it all: an accomplished teenage son, Finn, and a happy married life heads and shoulders above their friends. They are that couple everyone envies. But as the stunning facade of their family starts to chip and peel, they are left in shambles as their finances are in jeopardy, and Finn is involved in a serious accident.
Michael retaliates for something that has happened to him and his family, and in doing so, sets in motion a chain of events that will upturn their entire community.
I was struck by how realistic and authentic the characters and emotions felt. The storytelling is rich without being overdone as the author explores the effects of the tragedy on each family member individually and the unit as a whole.
We Love All the Beautiful Girls has a slow start firmly setting in place all the key players. It requires patience at first, but the pay-off is grand. As the tension builds, Proulx presents the Slates as if they could be any fallible family; the losses, utter betrayal and upheaval, as well as discontent and discord, in sharp contrast to all the love at its heart.
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for the complimentary physical copy. All opinions are my own.
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Perfect for fans of Rick Moody, Lauren Groff, and Celeste Ng, a propulsive literary breakout about three suburban families whose lives spiral dangerously out of control after tragedy strikes.
Who suffers when the privileged fall?
One frigid winter night, Mia and Michael Slate’s comfortable world dissolves in an instant when they discover that their best friend has cheated them out of their life savings. At the same time, a few doors down, their teenaged son passes out in the snow at a party–a mistake whose consequences will shatter not just their family, but an entire community.
In this arresting, masterful page-turner shot through with fierce, clear-eyed compassion and a sublime insight into human fragility, award-winning novelist Proulx explores the savage underpinnings of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge–and a multilayered portrait of love, in all its glory, that no reader will soon forget.
Have you read We All Love the Beautiful Girls, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR