All Is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber

All Is Beauty Now

From a breathtakingly mature new voice in Canadian fiction comes an exquisite debut novel of family secrets, divided loyalties, and what we’re willing to do to save ourselves, set against the seductive world of 1960s Rio de Janeiro.Set in 1963 Rio, Brazil, this mesmerizing first novel follows a glamorous and long-privileged family as they prepare to leave the seeming paradise of Brazil for Canada in the wake of the mysterious disappearance—an...

Details All Is Beauty Now

TitleAll Is Beauty Now
Release DateAug 29th, 2017
PublisherMcClelland & Stewart
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Canada, Brazil

Reviews All Is Beauty Now

  • AJ
    You can also find this review at I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewDevastating and beautiful. Reading this book felt like lifting a curtain on a chaotic family dynamic, pulled into the dazzling contact highs and dark, chaotic lows that drag you under.  The lush, Brazilian setting perfectly mirrors the family's story: the bright, colorful and lively energy followed by...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog: she didn’t have to be his echo. What would it be like if she wasn’t tethered to him, always calculating his distance from earth’s flat surfaces, predicting when he might next wheel away or plummet. Then retrieving him, reviving him.This is a heartbreaking story, as a family decides to leave the lush freedom of Brazil in the 1960’s for the restricting skin of Canada after the drowning o...
  • Jessica
    Won in the First Reads giveaway.Very well written and complex characters. My favourite chapters were from Evie's POV and the descriptions of Carnival were very good. I will admit, I wouldn't have signed up for the book if I had known it was about white Brazilians. I didn't even know about the Confederados thing, that's messed up.I think some more humour could have been injected into the story. Not to lighten up, but to humanize the characters mor...
  • Amy Stuart
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this gorgeous novel. I can't remember the last time I read a book where every page had a turn of phrase that took my breath away. And alongside that are a plot and a cast of characters that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. Not to be missed. I would not be surprised if this novel cleaned up once awards season rolls around.
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I had a free copy of this book for an honest review. This book is set in the early 1960's in Brazil. Hugo, the patriarch of the family suffers from bipolar disorder. Since this takes place in the 1960's there are fewer treatments and a lack of understanding for this condition and that plays a factor in the book. It seems like every character in this book could use some sort of therapy for psychiatric conditions. I found I couldn't really like any...
  • Naomi
    Goodreads GiveawayWell written, suspenseful, excellent sense of time and place, good family dynamics. Some readers might find the mystery plot line a little frustrating, because of the time spent on place and characterization, but those are the things I look for so had no problem with it. I do have one big question about the way things went that accounts for the missing star, but am not going to give it away.
  • Julia
    I love to read all kinds of books, but one of my favourites in novels that take me to another time and place; the kind of novels where you actually almost forget that you're reading printed words on a page, because everything on that page is written so vividly (and so well) that it's more like watching a movie unfold in your mind than reading words on a paper. That's what this book was like. It took me to Brazil, it introduced me to a family of s...
  • Kelsi H
    Please read all of my reviews at!In this debut novel by Canadian author Sarah Faber, the setting is the lush and vibrant landscape of 1960s Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From the glamorous wealth of the Copacabana Club to the squalor of the neighbouring fishing villages, the contradictions of Brazil come brilliantly to life. The novel follows the privileged Maurer family as they prepare to leave sunny Rio for the cool...
  • Doreen Ashbrook
    This is a beautifully written story of a family steeped in darkness, dysfunction and madness. The family consists of a mother, father and three daughters. Told from first perso9n perspectives after the eldest daughter goes missing as the family is preparing to leave Brazil for Canada. Ms. Faber's writing is truly poetic - the story though is very dark.
  • Shanna (Bibliophile Chronicles)
    DNF at 67%I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads contest and I was so excited to read this book, I picked it up the day it was delivered. As interesting as the synopsis sounded, it did not take me long to realize that there was something about this story that wasn't gripping me. It's not that I hated it, but I was hoping for so much more than it gave me. I take great pains to think that I am putting down this book not having finished it bu...
  • Susan
    I felt like it took me forever to read this book. I could usually blow through 350 pages in a few days but this took me a whole week! It wasn't a struggle to read in any way but it's just so dense, both the writing and the story, that I read really slowly and only got through 50 pages a day. I guess I needed time to digest. It's beautifully written and I'm surprised this is the author's debut novel because it seems very mature and accomplished. T...
  • Kate Olson
    Thanks to Little Brown for the free review copy - all opinions are my own. The lush setting and provocative premise made this an enjoyable read, although it was a little too slow-paced and description-laden for my current reading mood. If you like family intrigue in an exotic setting and a great deal of rumination, flashback and adjectives, this one is for you.
  • Lynn
    A family's coping with a daughter/sister disappearance. Sometimes read as a little drawn out.
  • Melissa
    At once beautiful and devastating we are swept into the captivating setting of Rio de Janiero in the 1960s, when tragedy bores its way into a wealthy family. Luiza, the eldest of three daughters takes her sisters to the crowded beach on a beautiful day. A strong swimmer, she is seen swimming far out into the ocean, and then not seen again. As we delve into the events prior to and post Luiza’s disappearance and presumed drowning we are invited i...
  • Donna
    Mental illness is dealt with differently today than it was during the early sixties, which is the setting for this novel. The family tries to hide the disease from one and all. While seeking treatment on a different continent, the family sacrifices much to help the afflicted family member. We are introduced to several stressful situations that have an effect on both the adults and children in different ways. Through it all the theme of a mother's...
  • Janice
    Gorgeous prose that left me in Brazil. A book to savor. Thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
  • Wendy Kravetz
    Such a great book! I have now passed it on for others to read .Thank You
  • Diane
    A young woman, Luiza,  walks into the water at a sunny beach in Brazil in 1962. She disappears and no body was found and she is presumed drowned, washed out to sea. A year later, her family is still reeling from the apparent drowning and has decided to move their family back to Canada because the father, Hugo, a Canadian citizen, needs medical treatment and it's free in Canada. As they prepare, pack and spend time with friends, the story digs in...
  • Matthew
    If memory serves correct it was Lili Wright's Dancing With the Tiger in which I expounded upon the whole "don't judge a book by its cover" cliche; that novel never did live up to its striking cover art, and in fact few ever do (save for Stephen Florida or A Little Life). Yet I found myself intrigued by Sarah Faber's debut, All is Beauty Now, for the entirely same superficial reasons: the cover, yes, but even the title and description of the novel...
  • Leslie Anderson
    I really enjoyed the characterization in this novel. Each person was uniquely believable. Although sometimes they could articulate feelings and ideas in ways most people can't, they were all relatable in some way or another. That being said, it took some getting used to with the set up of narration and chapters. While each chapter lets you into the thoughts of a different character, it is still 3rd person. My favorite part of the novel would be h...
  • Paula
    Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House Canada for a free copy of this book.I was surprised to find out that All Is Beauty Now is Sarah Faber's first novel. It is so beautifully written with such careful detail to setting and characterization. Set in the 1960's in Brazil, it tells the story of a dysfunctional family dealing with mental illness and with the presumed drowning of the oldest child. Faber reminds me of a literary Patricia Highsmi...
  • Heather
    Such a beautifully written story about a family of 5, who unexpectedly become a family of 4 upon the presumed drowning of the eldest daughter Luiza. While grieving and trying to understand what happened to Luiza, deep rooted family secrets are uncovered. This story is told through the eyes of all 5 family members, the secrets they've discovered, and how they cope with them. An absolute beauty of a book.
  • Marissa
    Goodreads WinA young girl is thought to die in the water but her body has not been found. It has been a year as the family still mourns and on her death figurative her despite no physical body. Is she really dead? The family still is dealing with their loss as they get ready to migrate to Canada as originally planned beforehand. Each member of the family has their own perspective as the family dynamics are crumbling and secrets will start to unra...
  • Barbara
    2.5/5. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the Goodreads giveaway."All is Beauty Now" tells the story of the Maurer family, a privileged family living in Brazil in the 1960s. A year after their oldest daughter Luisa went missing/presumed drowned, the remaining family members are still struggling to move on. Told in alternating perspectives from all four family members, we learn about Evie (the youngest daughter), Madga (the...
  • Susie James
    I won a copy of this amazingly conceived and written novel by Sarah Faber via Goodreads. "All is Beauty Now" a story of a family with roots in Canada and the Southern United States of another century, growing and flowering in the lush ground of Brazil. Its descriptions of a family's grief and devastation after the disappearance of the eldest child are tangled, yet clear as one reads the individual sections as Faber writes them. The telling of the...
  • Thelma Fountain
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I found this book difficult to follow. Each chapter told in a different persons point of view. The mental illness aspect of the story was very confusing but I do understand that mental illness is confusing so I am sure that was true to life. I just had a hard time getting into the story. The setting of Rio was very interesting I did enjoy the descriptions of the city and beach, the beauty of the count...
  • D.J.
    Well written and was surprised that this is the author's debut novel as it was very mature but yet accomplished.However I thought it was going to take me forever to read, wasn't a struggle to read it was just dense.Story of a family steeped in darkness and dysfunction It seems like every character in this book could use some sort of therapy.
  • HelenJ
    Although this debut book is well written, I didn't devour it. The strong bi-polar father character, with everyone having to adjust their lives around him, was not what I expected when I selected this book. I was intrigued to find out more of about life in Rio with a Canadian connection. I will read another of Sara Faber's books if the subject draws me to it.
  • Dakota MacLean
    I won this book in a Giveaway from Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book, for me it was a quick read. A lot passages were beautifully written and it went well with the intense atmosphere of the novel.
  • Kathleen
    A well-written description of a family shaken by secrets and a bi-polar member. The separate perspectives of each family member add depth to this book which is more psychological study than engaging story.