In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their families and their values.
Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. Her husband recently made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes, the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.
Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.
Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.
Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.
At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.
Early PRAISE for All We Ever Wanted
“Stellar… an excellent page-turning story. A nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A gripping, thought-provoking journey.” —Jodi Picoult
"A timely and absorbing portrait of the complexities of modern life. This is Emily Giffin at her very best." —Kristin Hannah
“Riveting and poignant, Emily’s latest novel paints an impossible dilemma that will make readers ponder hard questions about loyalty and love. I was captivated by every page.” —Harlan Coben
“A compelling, fascinating story told through blue-ribbon dialogue and the dual gifts of intelligence and goodness. I loved this novel.” —Elinor Lipman
“This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. Their wealthy community quickly becomes divided, with people eager to assign blame and take sides as the families struggle with loyalty and staying true to their values. It's one of Giffin's most topical, gripping books yet.” —GoodHousekeeping.com
“Giffin is a worldwide best-selling author because she gets under your skin — by creating relatable characters wrestling within believable situations. Her latest, centered on a scandalous episode involving high school students and cellphone misuse, is destined for greatness. Giffin crafts an unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters. You’ll like and root for each: a 16-year-old girl (the victim); her humble and protective single dad; and the mom of the alleged perpetrator whose life of wealth and entitlement has spiraled out of control. Very timely for the #MeToo moment.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution