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Having Everything

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Philip Tate is a man who has everything -- youth, looks, a beautiful wife and perfect family, a distinguished deanship at Harvard. Having Everything is the story of a nighttime drive that leads Philip to jeopardize it all for a moment's flirtation with the forbidden. For on that drive he will collide with the Kizers -- beautiful, troubled Dixie and brilliant, kinky Hal. By ...more
Paperback, 45 pages
Published October 9th 2000 by Grove Press (first published September 1999)
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Just a novel about a couple who should be happy but who fail due to the natural human follies within us all. Things which distinguish this one: breathtaking character development in the protagonists, intriguing secondary characters, impeccable style.

This is one of those books in which you may not particularly care for any of the characters, by the way. This level of character development requires a charming redeeming quality, such as excellent parenthood or a witty internal dialogue, to offset t
I felt amiguous, intrigued, bored, disgusted, and then again intrigued by this book. Some of it seemed extraneous, but then something would happen to pull me back in. I wish the characters had been better developed; I guess the point is that they could be Any Person, but I didn't care about them in the end.
Ugh. Like reading a Lifetime Network Original movie. Wholly unlikeable cast of characters in an absurdly sensationalistic story line. No good. No good at all.
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John L'Heureux has served on both sides of the writing desk: as staff editor and contributing editor for The Atlantic and as the author of sixteen books of poetry and fiction. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, and have frequently been anthologized in Best American Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His experiences as editor and write ...more
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