What We All Want

Author(s): Michelle Berry


Darkly humerous yet touchingly human. A penetrating novel about the secrets and lies that bind families together. "It manages that rare thing, combining the tragic with the comic without turning it into farce" Margaret Forster


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'Apparently what we all want is a childhood lived in the bosom of a warm family...What we frequently get is something else entirely - and it's this contradiction that Berry cleverly taps into...WWAW is more than a nod in the direction of master story-tellers Anne Tyler and Terry McMillan - and couldn't be more different. Taking a leaf out of their books by nailing characters dead-on, creating pitch-perfect dialogue and effortlessly telling a big-hearted, perfectly paced story, Berry turns the potentially schmaltzy into a profound contemplation of secrets and lies...What we should all want is more of Michelle Berry' Andrea Henry, Daily Mirror 'What most of us want is a cracking good read which is simultaneously unsettling and reassuring, able to tackle the dark side of our lives without leaving us disconsolate. We don't always get what we want, of course, but some books, like Michelle Berry's new novel, give more than a hint of it' Observer 'This is a dark novel told with macabre wit. It seems natural that these bizarre characters should bury Becka in the back garden, arguing and fighting eveb as they fill her coffin with keepsakes' Punch

Michelle Berry was born in 1968 in America. She is now married, with two children, and lives in Toronto.

General Fields

  • : 9780753817605
  • : phoenix
  • : phoenix
  • : March 2004
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michelle Berry
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 823.92
  • : 240