All the water in the world A novel

Karen Raney

Book - 2019

"Maddy is sixteen. She has loyal friends, a mother with whom she's unusually close, a father she's never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer. Deeply curious, wry, and vivacious, she's poised at the outset of adulthood, ready to untangle all the mysteries that living holds--if she survives her teens"--

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Subjects
Genres
Bildungsromans
Published
New York : Scribner [2019]
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
342 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781982108694
198210869X
9781982108700
1982108703
Main Author
Karen Raney (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Even though Maddy, Eve, and Robin are a close-knit family, they have their secrets. Whip-smart, compassionate 16-year-old Maddy has the terrible luck of being diagnosed with cancer. Maddy's mother, Eve, has been handling her illness as best she can, but the fact that her only child's life is certain to be cut short is all-consuming. Robin, Eve's boyfriend, fits into their lives with careful grace, quickly endearing himself to both Maddy and Eve. As Maddy's disease progresses, she decides to contact the father she never knew, before it's too late. Antonio left Eve when he learned she was pregnant; now Maddy would appreciate some answers. As Maddy, Eve, Robin, and Antonio navigate the shifting realities of their relationships, the only certainty is that nothing is certain. Maddy and Eve alternately narrate, and are the mother-daughter glue of this powerful debut. Domestic-fiction fans and readers who loved YA novels like John Green's The Fault in our Stars (2012) and Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything (2015) will fall for All the Water in the World, which is heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure. Unafraid to probe the complexities of parenthood and partnership, Raney is an author to watch. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Raney's ardent debut examines love and loss through the eyes of Maddy, a vibrant 16-year-old girl diagnosed with cancer, and Eve, her loving mother. Maddy is spending the summer recovering from chemotherapy at her family's lake house in Pennsylvania. While her thoughts often turn to normal adolescent concerns—such as her summer reading assignments and her crush—they are also studded with existential worries as she contemplates death, the existence of God, and the ephemerality of nature. Maddy begins to think about her father, who separated amicably from her mother before she was born, and decides she must get to know him before she dies. Over her final summer, Maddy and her father begin an epistolary friendship and bond over their mutual love of nature and advocacy for environmental protections. Reading the correspondence is painful for Eve when she later finds the letters. Eve, struggling to process everything, begins to spend long hours at the lake talking with her neighbor Norma. The book is broken into three sections, and is at its strongest when Maddy's naive, searching voice narrates the story, which is effused with a passion for life and nature. However, the novel's final section loses momentum, tapering off into Eve's self-examination and excavation of the past. Raney's pleasing tale is a deep, genuine investigation of memory, the pain of loss, and the strength of a mother's love. (Aug.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A teenage girl and her mother grapple with first love, family secrets and tragedy. A first novel. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Maddy is sixteen. She has loyal friends, a mother with whom she's unusually close, a father she's never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer. Deeply curious, wry, and vivacious, she's poised at the outset of adulthood, ready to untangle all the mysteries that living holds--if she survives her teens"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Sixteen-year-old Maddy, who has cancer, grapples with her first romantic relationship, searches for the father she has never met, and tests the limits of her relationship with her mother, all while facing an uncertain future.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A stunning debut novel about a teenage girl and her mother as they grapple with first love, family secrets, and tragedy.Maddy is sixteen. Smart, funny, and profound, she has loyal friends, a mother with whom she's unusually close, a father she's never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer. Living in the shadow of uncertainty, she is forced to grow up fast.All the Water in the World is the story of a family doing its best when faced with the worst. Told in the alternating voices of Maddy and her mother, Eve, the narrative moves between the family's lake house in Pennsylvania; their home in Washington, DC; and London, where Maddy's father, Antonio, lives. Hungry for experience, Maddy seeks out her first romantic relationship, finds solace in music and art, and tracks down Antonio. She continually tests the depths and limits of her closeness with her mother, while Eve has to come to terms with the daughter she only partly knows, in a world she can't control.With unforgettable voices that range from tender to funny, despairing to defiant, this novel illuminates the transformative power of love, humor, and hope.