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All the water in the world : a novel, by Karen Raney

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All the water in the world : a novel
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All the water in the world
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a novel
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by Karen Raney
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eng
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At sixteen, Maddy 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, Maddy seeks out her first romantic relationship, finds solace in music and art, gets involved in the battle against climate change, and tracks down her father. Meanwhile her mother, Eve, must come to terms with the daughter she only partly knows, in a world she can't control. -- adapted from jacket
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  • /* 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. -- Stephanie Turza (Reviewed 6/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 19, p28)
  • 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.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/13/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 19, p)
  • Sixteen-year-old Maddy Wakefield is dying of cancer, and in her last months, she has decided to find her biological father. Maddy's mother, Eve, raised Maddy on her own with the support of her parents and, eventually, Robin, a loving partner and father figure for Maddy. She always told Maddy that her father, Antonio, didn't want children. (At least he didn't want them with Eve.) Yet as Maddy endures the ever harder struggle with leukemia, she decides it's time to contact him, and they quickly begin an email correspondence that Maddy decides to keep secret from Eve. While Maddy connects with her father, she also discovers first love with a boy named Jack Bell as they collaborate on a video project to raise awareness about climate change. The project inspires Maddy to turn her talents on herself, recording in her sketches the lines of her own mourning process, through increasingly emotionally raw self-portraits. After Maddy's death, Eve discovers her correspondence with Antonio, but it is Maddy's personal final edit of the animation project that triggers Eve's quest to find Antonio herself. In this, her debut novel, Raney intimately portrays the complex relationship between Maddy and Eve, illuminating their secret struggles with cancer and each other. With chapters alternating between Maddy's and Eve's perspectives, it reads, at times, like two rather different books stitched together: Maddy's chapters put us squarely in her world—full of teenage angst, emotions not yet dulled by experience, and a focused drive for answers. In contrast, Eve's chapters trace a more mature, grief-stricken journey. And as Eve seeks answers from Antonio (or perhaps she seeks a face that will mirror Maddy's one last time), she may recklessly risk the life she has built with Robin. An exquisite tracing of the tangled lines of mother-daughter love, loss, and grief. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2019)
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10795325
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Raney, Karen
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6118.A3736
LC item number
A65 2019
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fiction
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  • Teenage girls
  • Teenage girls
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Absentee fathers
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adult
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All the water in the world : a novel, by Karen Raney
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24 cm
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First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
345 pages
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9781982108694
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2018053825
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  • (OCoLC)1056740155
Label
All the water in the world : a novel, by Karen Raney
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
345 pages
Isbn
9781982108694
Lccn
2018053825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1056740155
  • (OCoLC)1056740155

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