everything except a child, then are
suddenly thrust into an opportunity to raise a child of a coma-induced friend, then you would enjoy
reading Award-winning journalist Katrina Onstad’s novel “Everybody has Everything.”
life and way of living for a pair of DINKS (dual income no kids) who must quickly
learn the way of being parents. Before their friends Sarah and Marcus’ car accident
(which Marcus does not survive) and even after, Ana and her hubby James are a
bit narcissistic, self-absorbed and affluent, existing in upper crust intelligentsia
Toronto social circles.
so that it reads quickly. The dialogue between the characters is real and the
timing and spacing of events from going through the formality of being a
guardian to the 2 ½ year old almost new
orphan, Finn, to a trip back in time to the years of struggling to conceive and
back to the process of coming to grips with all the happenstance and unpredictability
discussion of modern unspoken taboos like society’s treatment, and de facto,
rejection of women who have no desire to be mothers. One of the main characters
is such a person and for flashes while reading this book, transports you into
the mind of a non-maternal person – correction a non-maternal woman. This
difference matters because aren’t all women supposed to want to be moms?
It is refreshing and
eye opening if you happen to be one of those persons who do not “get” child-free
people. You still may not be able to relate because Ana and James may not be
your kind of people, but you can at least understand more. And complex characters make books more fun to read.
selects to tell the fictional story are colorful and quite descriptive. It’s a
wonderful addition to your library, for parents –non-parents and would be ones
as well. Onstad is a brilliant writer and story teller.