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Love All

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  505 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
An addictive and moving debut about love, fidelity, sports, and growing up when you least expect it, told through the irresistible voices of three generations

It’s the spring of 1994 in Cooperstown, New York, and Joanie Cole, the beloved matriarch of the Obermeyer family, has unexpectedly died in her sleep. Now, for the first time, three generations are living together unde
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Rating = 3.5 stars

"Marge's nakedness was a sliver of earthbound moonlight."
So begins The Sex Cure, a novel based in truth that rocked the community of Cooperstown, New York back in 1962. Character names and occupations were poorly disguised, and residents lived in fear that their indiscretions were included in the novel for their family and friends to feast upon.

Over thirty years later, repercussions from The Sex Cure are still threatening the foundations of one Cooperstown family. The plot is
Larry H
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where would we be without relationships, and the difficulties we encounter with them? If I had the answer to that question, I'd be the wisest person alive, but I do know one thing—the literary world is so much richer because the course of love, and relationships, rarely run smoothly.

At the start of Callie Wright's wonderful new novel Love All, Joanie Cole dies in her sleep, leaving her 86-year-old husband, Bob, behind. Bob moves in with his daughter, Anne, with whom he's had a strained relations
Eleanor Henderson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With the power and grace of a strong forehand swing, Love All introduces one of fiction’s most endearing families—a family as real as your own. How does Callie Wright manage to make falling in love heartbreaking, and losing the love of your life heartwarming? How does a single week manage to feel as full as a lifetime? That’s the magic of this unforgettable debut. If this isn’t a Great American Novel, I don’t know what is.
Suzy Wilson
I received this novel as an ARC from Henry Holt Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Where to start? OK. I found this novel difficult to read. I didn't give up on it because I kept looking for a hook or an eureka moment that could pull me in, let me spiral into the hearts and minds of the characters that Callie Wright creates.

But, unfortunately, I just couldn't find a point with which to connect None of the characters was finely enough drawn to engage my empathy, and none
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just loved everylittlething abt this book. Novels like this are my favorite bc of the tiny tiny details abt a boy leaving a tiny folded note on a girl's knee and there is also baseball and marriage and tennis and life. Reminded me a lot of Liane Moriarty's books and she's my fave so *100 emoji* !
Bonnie Brody
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love All is a very intelligent and involving debut novel. It takes place in Cooperstown in 1994, a small town in upstate New York. The town and its people are as much of the story as are the plot and the characters. The story is told back and forth in time, and from the different vantage points of the characters.

Hugh and Anne met in Boston and married, moving to Cooperstown shortly after to be near Anne's mother, Joan. It was always Anne's hope that Joan would move in with them once her husband,
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I love stories about family dramas. No matter how many times authors throw the standard elements into their novel – love, infidelity, an overbearing parent, an absent parent, a sibling rival – the finished result is always different. If you like family dramas, stop what you’re doing (actually, finish reading this post) and get your hands on the brilliant debut, Love All by Callie Wright.

While 'Love All' might not have the same dry
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Love All is a character-driven story that focuses on the perpetual and intricate currents that run through the life of a family. What happens when members of a family are so busy that their lives are "played out in separate spaces"? How does it feel to be elderly and in need of our children and grandchildren's care? What keeps generation after generation tied to their hometown?

As teenage siblings Teddy and Julia put it, respectively: "[Home] was a set of people acting a certain way—live, married
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the kids. I did not like the cheating. I liked the no-ending.
Kelly McCloskey-Romero
I liked this very much. Great character development, especially Julia.
Kati Heng
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
There was this distinct classroom session I had in a class I can’t even remember now where we discussed the theory that men are biologically programmed to cheat. They may love their wives to death, the affair could mean nothing but still, it’s the male nature to have as many sexual partners as possible, not matter his marital status.

There was more, like all these scientific reasons about the evolution of mankind, how back in cave people times, the man was programmed to plant his seed in as many
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From page one, I realized I would be reading the words of an intelligent author, who would grab my attention without the use of gimmicks.

Callie Wright presents a family drama set in Cooperstown, New York in 1994. Listening to the voices of three generations, Wright transports us through love, overbearing parents, career choices, infidelity, financial problems and a general coming-of-age story presented with superb phrasing and constructed characterizations.

When Joanie Obermeyer unexpectedly dies
Georgiana 1792
Ambientato nella provincia americana negli anni ’90, L’amore in gioco è un romanzo corale la cui protagonista è una famiglia che inizia a crollare su se stessa nel momento in cui il perno che l’aveva tenuta unita fino a quel momento, Joanie – ‘Nonz’ per la nipote Julia – muore all’improvviso nel sonno. Tutti credevano che se ne sarebbe andato prima suo marito Bob, molto più anziano e malandato, ma alla fine, con un tradimento di cui non deve neanche chiedere scusa, è Joanie ad abbandonare per pr ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The novel "Love All" is kind of an enigma. Sections of this family drama by Callie Wright were captivating, but others were ho-hum. The book kept me engaged when it delved into seniors Bob Cole and his wife Joanie, who passes away early in the novel, and Bob and Joanie's adult daughter, Anne, and her husband Hugh. But my mind wandered when the author introduced Anne and Hugh's teenage children, a daughter with a passion for tennis, and a burgeoning love interest with a friend she hopes to date. ...more
Ambientato nella provincia americana negli anni ’90, L’amore in gioco è un romanzo corale la cui protagonista è una famiglia che inizia a crollare su se stessa nel momento in cui il perno che l’aveva tenuta unita fino a quel momento, Joanie – ‘Nonz’ per la nipote Julia – muore all’improvviso nel sonno. Tutti credevano che se ne sarebbe andato prima suo marito Bob, molto più anziano e malandato, ma alla fine, con un tradimento di cui non deve neanche chiedere scusa, è Joanie ad abbandonare per pr ...more
I was enjoying this novel set in Cooperstown, NY before I knew that The Sex Cure, a novel published in the early 60’s that out Peyton Place’s Peyton Place is real and also takes place in Cooperstown. My neighbor Roberta who owns a used bookstore offered to sell me the rare book for $200. Bob, an insurance man, who has affairs in Oneonta, is afraid he’ll find himself in the pages of the novel, but he finds his friends and the people at the golf course. A Utica paper describes Cooperstown as “the ...more
I'm going to echo Caitlin_D's sentiments regarding Love All: it could have been 5 stars if Callie Wright had finished the damn thing. Instead, it drops off suddenly with nothing really resolved. This caused me to spend the last 50 pages going, "How is she going to wrap everything up in time?", then thinking, "Oh, I guess she's just not going to?". Maybe she's going to write a sequel, but I somehow doubt it (no teasers on Goodreads, for one). Very frustrating for a novel with such great potential ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The small village of Cooperstown, New York was abuzz with rumors during the 1960's following the publication of a novel called The Sex Cure, which reportedly exposed the neighborhood's secret exploits behind slightly altered character names. Three decades later, the impact of The Sex Cure is still being felt in the Obermeyer family, as a copy is discovered when Anne Obermeyer is packing up to care for her father following the unexpected death of her mother. Family secrets begin to unwind between ...more
By: Callie Wright
Published By Henry Holt & Company
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4

"Love All" by Callie Wright was one read that had a lots going on and once you started reading it was hard to put down because you know there will be more family drama around the corner. A Matriarch from Cooperstown, New York in 1994, has died leaving three generations to find themselves all living under the same roof. Now, you know there will be much drama coming from just that wi
Lisa B.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts

I thought this was a very busy story as it weaves in and out of the lives of five main characters. The Obermeyers are one of those families whose lives look normal from the outside, but in all actuality, everything is falling apart.

I absolutely loved Julia, aka Jules. At fifteen, she is absolutely laugh out loud funny. She is right on the cusp of changing from sweet and innocent childhood to one where the realities of growing up are starting to appear. The time in life when we discove
Alia S
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015

Easy read, engaging-enough story, unobjectionable writing. The tennis is so incidental I wonder if it wasn’t a little ploy by the publisher to try and catch the algorithmic coat-tails of Infinite Jest. Whatever.

Among the rotating perspectives, the only voice I found implausible enough to be distracting was Julia’s. It occurs to me, though, that she—a weird teenage girl—is the only character that I either myself or the author have ever been, which raises the interesting possibility that all the r

Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Love All is the debut novel of Callie Wright. Set in Cooperstown in the 1990s, the story follows 3 generations of a family. Many life changes and self revelations occur during a brief period, some of which are tied to a book written in Cooperstown many years prior, The Sex Cure. It is my understanding that this book actually exists and that it created a scandal at the time of its publication.

The author does a fine job depicting the emotions of the characters and their responses to the events and
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: debut-novels
This was a novel that it took me some time to warm up to, but once I was fully enveloped in the Obermeyer family's lives I began to understand them and their inter-generational dynamics and had to delve more into their story and the back story of Cooperstown, NY and the scandalous book that took the small town by storm in 1962. I love how the author wove the old scandal into the lives of this fictional family. Each family member has a voice, and I think this fleshes out the characters as they d ...more
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was interesting to read this book right after finishing Franzen's "The Corrections." Both books examine the intricacies of family dynamics. Franzen's approach was to dig deep and peel away every single layer until nothing salvageable was left. Wright's approach was to skate safely on the thick ice and take no risks. Her characters were intriguing, but the reader never gets to see what makes them tick. And, she took easy shortcuts to deal with difficult plot transitions. It's a shame, because ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can't believe how quickly I devoured this book, and I'm so glad I somehow stumbled on it. Narrated by three generations of one family, the book chronicles personal tragedies that become public, and sadnesses and secrets that just as painfully remain hidden. By the end of each chapter, I would decide that narrator was my favorite, then get wrapped up in the next distinctive voice. This also allowed the author to unfold storylines in an intriguing way, to leave some things a mystery for a bit lo ...more
Reading Fool
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, 2013
I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book from the publisher.

Congrats to Callie Wright on this debut novel! Set in 1994 Cooperstown, NY, this is the story of the Obermeyer family: Bob and Joanie, their daughter Anne and her husband Hugh, and grandchildren Teddy and Julia. Following Joanie's death, the family is packing up Bob and Joanie's house and finds Joanie's copy of the book The Sex Cure. Thus begins a reopening of wounds that have been ignored for decades. This book was engaging fro
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was only okay. A book club read with a new book club so I was open minded, but quite a disappointment. That was kind of the consensus of everyone during our discussion. This was a book that could have been so much more. I thought grandpa was going to play a larger roll, but he pretty much disappeared after being the opening focus. That was kind of the same story with a lot of the characters. Not enough here to get me to love or hate any of them so I remained pretty indifferent to what ...more
Morninglight Mama
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Well, I was really intrigued by the concept of this book, especially by the fact that THE SEX CURE was an actual novel written in the 1960s and based on the Cooperstown community's sexual escapades. While I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen, there was something that was missing in the presentation of the characters, and I didn't really connect with or care truly about any of them, which is an uncommon experience for me when reading. (I put 3 out of 5 stars here, but only becau ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: research
I thought based on the description that there would be more flashing back in time. The examination of family dynamics and relationships was thrilling despite the small scale of the stakes I was fully invested in how the characters would handle the various upheavals. Sadly the book kind of ends without letting the process be shown. I really liked how the different POV's told us about Anne long before we ever got Anne's POV.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book, advertised as a family drama, drew me to it because I thought it might be closer to the story of the publication of Peyton Place which will be remembered by those in my generation. It was a bit disappointing on that front. I really enjoyed parts of the book, especially being able to examine issues through several perspectives. It did seem uneven to me, resulting in a "good" rating rather than a "great" one. I suspect lots of people would like it better than I did.
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Callie Wright is a reporter and researcher at Vanity Fair. She graduated from Yale and earned her MFA at the University of Virginia, where she was a Poe/Faulkner Fellow in Creative Writing and won a Raven Society Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and her short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and The Southern Review. She lives in Brooklyn, N ...more
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