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Everything You Need (1999) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Nathan Staples is a man in pain, consumed by loathing and love in roughly equal measures. Frustrated and appalled by his life and the way he lives it, he is sustained only by his passionate devotion to his estranged wife, Maura, and their teenage daughter, Mary, whom he hasn't seen in fifteen years, and who thinks he's dead. When Nathan contrives to have Mary invited to the island where he lives in retreat, he sets in motion the possibility of telling her he is her father, and of becoming whole and complete and alive again.

The path to grace, though, is strewn with obstacles and challenges. The obsessive island dwellers are trying to cure themselves through trial by extremity while, over in London, Nathan's editor, only friend, and one link with his literary career, the brilliant, loyal, hopeless Jack, is drinking himself into the ground. And Mary is torn emotionally between familial love for the two uncles who brought her up in loco parentis and the beginnings of a romantic, sexual life beyond.

Original title: Everything You Need
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEccentric People
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindDysfunctional Families

Edition #1: Everything You Need

Everything You Need (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Kennedy is richly, boldly imaginative...Kennedy's complex, prickly, and uncompromising quest for an understanding of the life of the spirit draws her into dark waters, but she keeps a tenacious hold on warmer truths, too." Publishers Weekly
  • "This woman is a profound writer. If you are at all interested in contemporary fiction, this is work you must not miss." Richard Ford
  • "A writer rich in the humanity and warmth that seem at a premium in these bleak times." Salman Rushdie
  • "The question whether Nathan will tell Mary that he is her father is basically the only conflict in the tale, but it is strong enough to hold this engaging and sustaining novel together." Booklist
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Everything You Need (2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 9780375407918
Dimensions: 6.56 x 9.56 x 1.68 in
Pages: 543

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