All We Ever Wanted

Version: Unabridged
Author: Emily Giffin
Narrator: Various
Genres: Romance, Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: June 2018
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Overview

In the riveting new novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. . . .

"A gripping, thought-provoking journey."--Jodi Picoult

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton.

Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she's strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville's most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn't always fit in--and her overprotective father doesn't help--but in most ways, she's a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together--all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

Author Details

Author Details

Giffin, Emily

Emily Giffin was born on March 20, 1972, in Baltimore, Maryland and had a very happy childhood. She grew up with a love of reading, surrounded by books and making frequent trips to the library with her mother and older sister, Sarah. She began writing at a young age, and "published" many of her own stories.

Emily's father was an executive for Sears, so her family moved around quite a bit over the years. In 1986, they arrived in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) just in time for Emily to start high school. During those years, Emily indulged her passion for writing as a member of the creative writing club and the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She won several awards for her writing and wrote in her journal every day.

After graduating in 1990, Emily attended Wake Forest University. She chose the school for many reasons, including her love of ACC basketball. One of the highlights of her years at Wake was managing the men's basketball team. She overlapped with such greats as Rodney Rogers and Tim Duncan-and can't resist making college basketball references in her books.

After college, Emily attended law school at the University of Virginia. She graduated in 1997 and moved to Manhattan where she worked in the litigation department of Winston & Strawn. While appreciating certain aspects of her legal career, she soon realized that she wanted to pursue her true passion for writing.

In 2001, just five days after September 11 th, Emily moved to London where she began writing full time. Despite getting rejected by eight publishers for her young adult novel, Lily Holding True, Emily kept writing. Spending hours in her flat near Hyde Park, she began creating the world of Rachel and Darcy. Here is a page from an early draft of Something Borrowed -under its original working title, Rolling the Dice.

The following year was an exciting one for Emily. She got married, found an agent, and signed a two-book contract with St. Martin's Press. Although she hadn't planned to do so originally, she became interested in Darcy's side of the story during revisions of Something Borrowed and thus began writing Something Blue.

In September 2003, Emily and her husband left London and moved to Atlanta. A few months later, on New Year's Eve, her identical twin sons, Edward and George, were born 92 minutes apart.

In 2004, Something Borrowed was released to rave reviews and instantly made the New York Times bestseller list. It was a dream come true. Emily has been very busy with her family and her writing ever since!