We All Love the Beautiful Girls

We All Love the Beautiful Girls Who do the lucky become when their luck sours One frigid winter night the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life

  • Title: We All Love the Beautiful Girls
  • Author: Joanne Proulx
  • ISBN: 9780735232884
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Who do the lucky become when their luck sours One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party a mistake with shattering consequences.Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensuWho do the lucky become when their luck sours One frigid winter night, the happily prosperous Mia and Michael Slate discover that a close friend and business partner has cheated them out of their life savings On the same night, their son, Finn, passes out in the snow at a party a mistake with shattering consequences.Everyone finds their own ways of coping with the ensuing losses For Finn, it s Jess, a former babysitter who sneaks into his bed at night, even as she refuses to leave her boyfriend Mia and Michael find themselves forgoing tenderness for rougher sex and seeking solace outside their marriage Mia in a flirtation with a former colleague, whose empty condo becomes a blank canvas for a new life, and Michael at an abandoned baseball diamond, with a rusty pitching machine and a street kid eager to catch balls in Finn s old glove As they creep closer to the edge of betrayal, infidelity, and revenge the story moves into savage terrain.With honesty, compassion, and a tough emotional precision, award winning author Joanne Proulx explores the itch of the flesh, sexual aggression, the reach of love and anger, and the question of who ultimately suffers when the privileged stumble.

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    1. Many thanks to and the publisher for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review!Mia and Michael have a great life- a wonderful son, a beautiful home and a happy marriage. On the night they find out Michaels’ business partner (and his best friend) has been cheating them out of millions, their son, Finn, is injured after a night of drinking and partying. Both Mia and Michael struggle with putting their family back together in different ways. Michael finds a comraderie at the [...]

    2. We All Love the Beautiful Girls, by Joanne Proulx, is a very different story from what I normally read and what I am attracted to. However, the synopsis intrigued me and, given the fact that she is a Canadian author, I added it to the top of my TBR pile. I am so glad I did. From Proulx’s strong prose to the different narrative voices that are portrayed, I found myself hanging on to every word. The novel opens and builds slowly with the introduction of several different characters that all have [...]

    3. I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this novel, and it’s so good that it hurts—heartbreaking and full of hope all at the same time. You can check out a longer discussion of the novel (along with review excerpts) on my blog: dentonlovingblog.wordpressProulx says this novel was written in part because she saw a terrifying rise in violence against women all over the world. “It was always there but the conversation seemed to be moving more to the centre,” she told Peter Robb in [...]

    4. when things go happily right, how do you cope? easy, right? more or less. does money buy happiness? what happens when things go horribly wrong? and then snowball. beautifully written and told, in 'honest' and not always likeable voices, a family falls apart and then struggles to put the pieces back, but some pieces never come back. painful to read at times, emotionally jarring - ultimately a 'good' book. i like 'real' - this was real, sadly.

    5. Please read all of my reviews at ultraviolentlit!Mia and Michael Slate and their son Finn are a healthy, happy and prosperous family. They co-own a successful company, giving Mia time to pursue her passion as a photographer, and they live in a beautiful home in which they want for nothing. However, their perfect lives are shattered one night when they receive an unexpected visit from their accountant – he interrupts their cozy evening to tell them that their best friend and business partner ha [...]

    6. Thanks to and Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book.We All Love The Beautiful Girls is a heartbreaking, beautifully written story about flawed characters and relationships. Michael and Mia Slate are a golden, prosperous couple with a beautiful son, Finn, but all that changes in the course of one day. How they handle their misfortunes is often frustrating and gut-wrenching, but there is a sliver of hope at the end. The dual storylines of 17 year old Finn and his middle aged pa [...]

    7. This book was pretty incredible! I started it thinking I would just read one chapter and several hours later was still reading. I was involved in the story from the start. It begins as domestic drama which I would compare to a more serious Desperate Housewives but it moves into something much darker and sadder. I did not expect many of the twists in this story and the end "twists" were especially shocking and horrifying. Things got serious real quick! This book was beautifully written and the ch [...]

    8. This is a very sharp story about a happy family and how they disintegrate after tragedy strikes. I really like how it is told from the viewpoint of all the members.

    9. Complex, moving portrayal of love and the inextricable ties of relationships. This one will stick with me.

    10. Loved it! I was pulled into the lives and tragedies of the Slate family; it was hard to put this book down.

    11. I found it slow to advance I had trouble to get into it. But once I did I couldn't put it down. You get to see what effect one night can change a whole family's relationships

    12. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book through first reads program, so I thought I would share my thoughts (which were not required as a condition of receiving the book.) The book starts out with the main character Michael finding out that his close friend peter has justcheated him and his wife out of their life savings. He isn't taking it well because peter is not only their friend he is also like a brother to Michael. Things progress when one night Michael's son Fin doesn't come ho [...]

    13. Full review here: bookidote/2017/08/17/we-aSet in Quebec, we follow the lives of a family who had everything, but are being torn apart slowly. I think this is the kind of novel better to dig in without reading the synopsis. That’s what I did and I find myself enjoying it more than I thought. It’s the kind of story you don’t really know who the main character is because all the 3 members of the family have equal part in the story.We have the child who’s dealing with his lust, teenager pro [...]

    14. - 2/5. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via the giveaway."We All Love the Beautiful Girls" is told in 3 perspectives: first, we have Finn, a seventeen year old boy who is in love with his childhood babysitter, Jess, who happens to be dating Finn's best friend's older brother. One cold winter night, Finn lets his feelings get the better of him and leaves the party intoxicated and alone, only to pass out in the snow. Frost bitten, Finn's father, Michael, finds him before [...]

    15. 3.5. This book is a hard read but really drew me in. I felt compelled to keep reading, it felt like a kind of voyeurism, but the characters are intriguing and the plot is suspenseful. The story really reveals the brutality and ugliness of people who have everything and perhaps become insensitive and numb towards others as a result. Still the central characters are multi-dimensional, real. It is a book about consequences and how we can't always know the ripple effects of our actions, so we better [...]

    16. Note: Received a copy of this book from NetGalleyIt might be a strange thing to say, but I just didn't feel good reading this book. It was like I had this low-key anxiety through the whole thing. I'm generally a fan of novels that are dark/depressing, or have unlikeable characters, but there was something about this one that just left me with a bad taste in my mouth.The characters were all fairly well-rounded and I liked getting different people's viewpoints (although the switch to first person [...]

    17. This book drew me in from the very first chapter. It was well written, intelligent, and full of characters I grew to care about. The story is about a teenage boy who gets drunk and high at a party and ends up passing out in the yard. It is winter in Canada and 40 below outside. What happens as a result of this bleeds into the lives of everyone around him. His family, friends, and the girl he's obsessing over all find themselves affected by the consequences of that fateful night. The story is qui [...]

    18. A dark, disturbing, brutal story of a family blown apart by situations and choices that are both under their control and not. Proulx writes well, giving us characters that are not entirely likeable or fully unlikeable. Much like the Butterfly effect, if only one thing had slightly changed you had the feeling that these characters would be living happily ever after. Even with the circumstances in the story you almost think (wish?) that Mia or Michael or Finn would do that one thing - surely it's [...]

    19. I loved this book--if I'd had the spare time, i would have read it in 2 days! Joanne's way with words is inspiring--the kind that makes you smack yourself upside the head and go "why didn't I think of that!" The story captured me from the beginning and held me until the last line. The characters were wonderfully developed and nuanced. Her first book Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet has been made into a movie, and I'm sure this one is destined for the same treatment. Joanne Proulx is definitely an a [...]

    20. Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending along a review copy of this book. There was so much that I enjoyed in this novel, from the beautiful descriptions of teenage infatuation and love, an honest representation of sexuality and marriage and a structure that perfectly captured both the passage of time and the interweaving of different narrative voices.Also, what a gorgeous cover.

    21. Raw, sexually- charged and emotional and showcases well the complexities of human relationships (in the context of power and privilege). This is the first novel I’ve read in some time with such well developed characters. I felt compassion for even the most broken of them. Loved the Canadian themes! I’m going to miss this one. Highly recommend!

    22. This book is ok - it drew me in quickly but halfway through started to feel a bit monotonous and repetitive. Some of the plot points were not terribly believable and felt too heavy handed. Overall, interesting themes but felt like a bit of a slog by the end.

    23. This family drama was unexpected and well written. I really liked the characters and had no idea where it was going to go. I wish it had received more attention.

    24. Very rarely do you find a book so engaging that you call in sick to work just so you can finish reading it. Doesn’t mean it’s perfect, doesn’t mean it’ll take the number one spot in your personal list of all-time favourite books. It just happens to be strung together so tautly that you NEED to know the outcome. Very much reminiscent of “The Sweet Hereafter” by Russell Banks or “The Ice Storm” by Rick Moody - particularly in illustrating the emotional complexities of its younger p [...]

    25. A poor decision made by a teenager causes ripples in everyone's lives. But I found the characters to be confusing (too many of them), and consequently, for me at least, the story flow was choppy.

    26. Slow start, hard to get into but I did finish it. Okay read but not one of my favorites. I received this book free in exchange for a honest review.

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