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.
PRAISE for All We Ever Wanted
"Truly excellent...Giffin's novel has style and substance—a worthy addition to your summer reading stack." —The Washington Post
“A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Timely and thought-provoking, it’s Giffin’s best yet.”—People ("Book of the Week")
“Stellar… an excellent page-turning story. A nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Emily Giffin's irresistible All We Ever Wanted will sink its teeth into you immediately and refuse to let go until the novel's thrilling conclusion. Giffin's latest novel follows the entangled lives of three troubled people — a wealthy Nashville housewife, a struggling single dad, and his teenage daughter — and explores how one fateful night changes the course of their worlds forever.”—PopSugar
“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
“Best-selling author Emily Giffin ventures into new territory in All We Ever Wanted. If you’re looking for a book about romance, single parenthood, race, gender injustice, lost love, and high-class privilege, this novel is for you… All We Ever Wanted is an emotional journey that forces readers to think through certain scenarios. The novel analyzes the intricacies of parenthood and the pain of standing beside a child in need, no matter what—even if that child isn’t your own.”—Associated Press
“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.”—Good Housekeeping
“Bestselling author Emily Giffin is out with another novel we’re sure to fall in love with. It’s called All We Ever Wanted and it’s centered on Windsor Academy, a prestigious private school in Nashville. When a scandal erupts over a photograph from a party, the community and its players must face many facts about themselves and each other.”—GMA.com
“Emily Giffin is back, and she’s here to make your summer reading list complete. All We Ever Wanted is a summer read with substance that will seriously make you think.”—HelloGiggles
“[A] gripping examination of class, race and status issues that have caused fissures in our country. If you’re looking for a book club selection, All We Ever Wanted is bound to spark meaningful and meaty discussions.”—The Augusta Chronicle
“Something Borrowed author Emily Giffin is the ultimate smart-girl beach read goddess, and her new book, All We Ever Wanted, is her juiciest read yet. Set in Nashville, it’s about a small-town girl named Nina who married into the world of the wealthy elite (though she has major imposture syndrome). When a classmate of her Princeton-bound son’s becomes the target of slut-shaming due to a drunken, racy photo, the community is divided and Nina finds herself making some unlikely alliances, which ultimately makes her question her entire place in the upper echelon society.”—Well+Good
“A compelling family story that brings up plenty of issues ripe for book group discussions.”—Library Journal
“Giffin draws the reader in like few storytellers can, and All We Ever Wanted is no exception. She effortlessly captures the voices of a struggling single father, a strong yet vulnerable teenage girl and a mother desperate to know the truth about her own child. All We Ever Wanted is a deeply moving cautionary tale about the perils of privilege.” —BookPage
“This complex and layered novel will give you all the feels.” —Brit + Co
“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
“A compelling, fascinating story told through blue-ribbon dialogue and the dual gifts of intelligence and goodness. I loved this novel.” —Elinor Lipman
“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 portrait of a woman facing the difficult limits of love.”—Kirkus
“This summer book is certainly of-the-moment and aims high in taking on complex topics of class and race.”—Womens Health
“All We Ever Wanted just might be [Giffin's] best to date. An incredibly well-written and timely read, the book focuses on themes of privilege, self-knowledge, forgiveness and family, as well as racism, classism and sexism. It's powerful and poignant with real, relatable and raw characters.” —Omaha World-Herald