All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

All This Could Be Yours

“If I know why he is the way he is then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am,” says Alex Tuchman, strong-headed lawyer, loving mother, and daughter of Victor Tuchman—a power-hungry real estate developer and, by all accounts, a bad man. Now that Victor is on his deathbed, Alex feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who he is and what he did over the course of his life and career. She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but...

Details All This Could Be Yours

TitleAll This Could Be Yours
Release DateOct 22nd, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction

Reviews All This Could Be Yours

  • Roxane
    This is a story about a sublimely dysfunctional family and how that dysfunction is revealed, slowly, artfully, deliberately, makes for a very entertaining read. I particularly appreciate how even the worst of this family, Victor, is treated with some generosity, some understanding that people are complicated, even when they are terrible. I questioned the frame at times but was absolutely enraptured by the portrait within that frame.
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    This is my 2nd time reading Jamie Attenberg. I absolutely hated the ‘popular’ book, “The Middlesteins”. It left a bad taste in my mouth. So — I’ve been extremely hesitant to read her again. Intentionally passing on her other books. I liked “All This Could Be Yours” better’ than “The Middlesteins”...but I didn’t exactly feel narrative-energy on my skin, either. Hmmmm????I like contemporary fiction. I like messy family drama...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Jami Attenberg is one of those novelists I am always curious about, because I read her books and I know they are good, but they never really connect with me on the level I want them to. This doesn't mean she is a bad writer (she is an objectively good one!) but the way in which her books *should* work for me and then don't quite work for me fascinates me and I cannot figure it out. The cycle played out again here, this is a messy family drama tha...
  • Jenna
    As indicated by its title and “Storage Wars”-esque cover, this little novel - importantly, largely set in New Orleans - is a meditation on dealing with legacies, whether family, relational, economic, civic, institutional, or otherwise.Most compellingly, I think, the book considers the specific legacies of abuse and especially of neglect - be it emotional, as in parental emotional neglect, or neglect of a marriage, or neglect of a city’s inf...
  • Jenna
    This book was fine. The writing was very good. I'm not quite sure what was happening or why. I didn't connect to any of the characters.
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I like her writing a lot, but I’m really not sure what her intent was with this book. Family members have to finally talk to each other when the father is dying. He was a horrible man and nobody is sad he’s going. We follow each family member around and learn about their lives, but that’s it. There are also some long sections on completely peripheral characters that seem to be there just for filler. There isn’t a real plot, and I didn’t...
  • Emily
    I have read many glowing reviews for this book, and many of those reviews state that this book may not be for everyone. I think I fall into that group of people who are just not the right fit for this book.All That Could Be Yours is a book about a seriously dysfunctional family. Victor, the family patriarch, is a horrible man in every aspect. There is nothing redeeming about him. His influence on the family causes trouble and dysfunction through ...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    There are a few writers who I feel write books just for me – Katherine Heiny, Curtis Sittenfeld, Kristen Iskandrian and Jami Attenberg – all American women of my generation who I feel have a definite shared sensibility that really resonates with me. I love Attenberg’s various literary devices deployed to make us consider our shared humanity, or lack thereof, and she puts them to great use here. A man like Victor was always going to be a tou...
  • Erin Glover
    This is the story of how a 73-year old Victor, a New York gangster, continues his criminal life right up to the moment of his death from a heart attack. Mysteriously, he and his wife leave Manhattan ostensibly to start a new relationship with their grown kids in New Orleans. But neither Victor nor Alex are falling for it. What are Victors and Barbra's real reasons for moving from Manhattan? Victor and his wife met at a funeral of one of her famil...
  • Alex
    This book was fine. Probably best since The Middlesteins but still something I was less impressed with. For some reason I don't jive with the voice(s) she brings to her books compared to similar commercial fiction writers who are Attenberg's contemporaries. After 4 novels, I'm probably not going to read her again.
  • Abbey
    I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley. Oh man, I devoured this book! Centered around a man on his deathbed, this book is alive, alive, alive. It explores the effect of a toxic person on those close to them. Family and secrets and connections. It made me want to know more about the inner life of every person I've ever known or met or seen.
  • Nicole Aquilina
    2.5 stars I finished this one a few days ago but I needed to let it linger for a little bit while I gathered my thoughts. I kept thinking maybe I missed something because this book has such good reviews and some are even saying that it’s the best book they have read this year. This is just proof that everyone’s opinions are different because honestly, I had trouble getting through this one. I couldn’t connect with the characters or the stor...
  • Traci at The Stacks
    I liked this book. I loved the writing. The sentences were never what I was expecting. She finds unique ways to say mundane things. I was sort of interested in the story and sort of not, but the writing kept me going. I also liked the shifting focuses of chapters and the way the book moved through time. Fiction lovers and lovers of family drama will love this book.
  • Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
    [4.5 stars] Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an advanced copy of this book.2019 has been a stellar year for family dramas and All This Could Be Yours may be the darkest of them all! The level of family dysfunction is high, but what makes it truly dark are the thoughts and feelings of each of these family members. If you need hope in your books, this probably isn’t the choice for you. The story examines what happens when someone you’re ...
  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    3.5ish stars - thanks to the publisher for my free copyI'm still not sure how I feel about this. At one point, I feel like nothing happened (it all takes course over like, a day and a half) however, through flashbacks & other retellings, SO much happens. It's short so it's a quick read but I found myself skimming a little towards the end. If you enjoy heavy character driven novels, you could try it.
  • Amanda
    3.5 stars. Entertaining dysfunctional family drama
  • Heather Fineisen
    A day on the death bed of the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Both grown kids hate their father and question their mother about her long term loyalty to him. The story is told in flashbacks and the structure works well. Taking place in New Orleans, the hat is tipped to 'recovery efforts and a short story line of a caregiver seems a bit out of place. Other than this, this was a solid read and with some of Attenberg' s other works has made me ...
  • Julie Rose
    DNFed. waffled about putting it down but ultimately stopped on page 100.
  • Sonya
    A novel about family members who are all affected in various ways by their attachment to a toxic, thoughtless man. The story explores why people (usually women) who stay with and love other people (usually men) who are bad for them. In this age of exposing harmful behavior and abuse, this is the encapsulation of the rage and frustration finally unleashed. The writing is funny and probing, and the reader might come out at the end feeling close to ...
  • Amy
    My expectations were sky high and I was not disappointed. I loved the story and the characters. I loved loved loved the glimpses of the inner lives of people who were just passing through the story. The ending was so gutsy and satisfying and ice cold. I will read this one again sometime.
  • Kathy
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read the Kindle ARC of "All This Could Be Yours," by Jami Attenberg. I have read all of Ms. Attenbergs books and this, by far, was my favorite. It is the intricately-woven story of a family, never quite to together but always quite broken. Victor is a man with shady business dealings and connections. His wife, Barbra, raises their two children, Gary and Alex, in the comfort of their Conn...
  • Michelle
    I like Jami Attenberg and this fits nicely into her canon of work. In this we have an extremely dysfunctional family with an absolutely deplorable patriarch who's on his death bed. I was captivated by the story and the secrets that are unspooled--she definitely adds an element of suspense in what otherwise might be a character study. Attenberg's writing is crisp and her approach to storytelling unique. At times there were a few too many POVs but ...
  • Alison
    I always enjoy the act of reading her books. Her sentences are flashy and fast-paced, so I feel like I'm barreling through the story. It's fun. But then at the end, I always feel like something's missing, like I barely knew the characters and like all of the stylistic side-shows were distractions. I don't know. Maybe I just have trouble accepting her books for what they're trying to be. And I'll keep reading her.
  • Deb
    I have never read Jami Attenberg's previous novels. I kept hearing about All This Could Be Yours on multiple literary podcasts. So I grabbed a copy and dug in. A dysfunctional family tells their story at the death bed of their abusive, nasty arrogant patriarch. His wife, verbally and physically abused by her husband seems to stand by his side unwilling to share her life story with her daughter. Alex, the daughter, fights to find out what made her...
  • Karen Raskin
    An ugly story about a dysfunctional family. Some really repellent characters. Somehow weirdly fascinating, though, and hard to put down.
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    If I am being fair...I picked this one up twice before settling in. The first was via audio...the second, the print version. Why did I pick it up a final time...simply because I had made a commitment to read it.I'm glad I finished it. I ended with 3 1/2 stars rounded to four for Goodreads. This is a hard novel to rate as I might let my personal feelings get in the way. To be fair with everyone I will say the following.*It is a very character driv...