Everyone Is Beautiful

Everyone Is Beautiful

A Novel

eBook - 2009 | 1st ed
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"What a clear-eyed rendering of the grimy, exhausting, beautiful mess that is early motherhood! I laughed, winced in recognition, and cheered wholeheartedly (sometimes out loud) for Lanie as she struggles to learn how to love everyone enough and still give part of herself to herself."--Marisa de los Santos, author of Belong to Me

Lanie Coates's life is spinning out of control. She's piled everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven with her husband, Peter, and their three little boys from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in the Northeast. She's left behind family, friends, and a comfortable life--all so her husband can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were.

These days, Lanie always seems to rank herself dead last--and when another mom accidentally criticizes her appearance, it's the final straw. Fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she's willing to count since the day she said "I do," Lanie longs desperately to feel like her old self again. It's time to rise up, fish her moxie out of the diaper pail, and find the woman she was before motherhood capsized her entire existence.

Lanie sets change in motion--joining a gym, signing up for photography classes, and finding a new best friend. But she also creates waves that come to threaten her whole life. In the end, Lanie must figure out once and for all how to find herself without losing everything else in the process.

Katherine Center's Everyone Is Beautiful is a hugely entertaining, poignant, and charming new novel about what happens after happily ever after: how a woman learns to fall in love with her husband--and her entire life--all over again.

Praise for Everyone Is Beautiful

"If you like novels with happy endings that will remind you of childhood fairy tales, then Katherine Center's Everyone is Beautiful is the perfect book . . . Bound to catch the sympathetic attention of women looking for stories of self-improvement on physical and emotional levels. This is a breezy read that glows, in part, because its characters bask in the sunny side of life." -- USA Today

"Endearing . . . Unpretentious, silly, and honest." -- People

" Everyone is Beautiful will make you laugh out loud, even as you wince in recognition." -- Free Lance Star
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345513182 (electronic bk.)
0345513185 (electronic bk.)
1299217346 (ebk)
9781299217348 (ebk)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC CENTER
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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1C00lgrannie
Feb 13, 2019

A fast-moving and enjoyable book which had me laughing out-loud from beginning to end.
No one can make this stuff up!! Although I am now an advanced senior, I remember going through all the trials and tribulations of raising children so vividly depicted in this book. I wondered if I would ever make it through this journey in my life, but somehow I did with a lot of help and grace from God. It is one to be enjoyed by women of all ages! I highly recommend it!

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ChildTherapist
Jun 12, 2013

This book is a delightful, easy, fast read. About a mom struggling to redefine her identity after children. She finds a way to rediscover herself in a new way while she balances the needs of her family. Great read for any mom with young children, who needs to laugh out loud, and needs help finding their way back to feeling normal.

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