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Everything You Know (Paperback)

Author:  Zoe Heller
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1250003741
ISBN-13: 9781250003744
Sku: 222675787
Publish Date: 1/31/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  203
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From the Publisher:
"Zoèe Heller's first novel introduces an unforgettable curmudgeon, Willy Muller, an embittered journalist turned celebrity biographer and misanthrope. At the age of fifty, having survived imprisonment for murdering his wife, years of venomous hate mail from the public, and most recently, the suicide of his daughter, Sadie, Willy is about to become an unlikely candidate for redemption. With its scalpel-sharp wit and brilliant dialogue, Everything You Know is 'a smashing success. Wickedly funny, lively, and---ultimately---moving' (Newsday)"--
Zoë Heller's first novel introduces an unforgettable curmudgeon, Willy Muller, an embittered journalist turned celebrity biographer and misanthrope. At the age of fifty, having survived imprisonment for murdering his wife, years of venomous hate mail from the public, and most recently, the suicide of his daughter, Sadie, Willy is about to become an unlikely candidate for redemption. With its scalpel-sharp wit and brilliant dialogue, Everything You Know is "a smashing success. Wickedly funny, lively, and---ultimately---moving" (Newsday).

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British L.A.-based journalist Willy Muller is a widower. His wife died in an accident in 1971, and he is widely believed to be her murderer--an accusation his two daughters have always had trouble coming to terms with. Now grown up, one of them has committed suicide, leaving a painful diary behind, and the other is heavily into drugs. Meanwhile, Willy has his own troubles that include a heart attack and the sleazy screenplay he's involved with. In the end, he returns to England to try to sort things out and start over.

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New York Times Book Review
"[A]n acerbic, sneakily touching novel about the rehabilitation of a monster....Heller doesn't do the swiftest, most convincing job of ushering Muller from Point A (decadence) to Point B (decency). Fortunately, she's such a resourceful writer it's a pleasure just to watch her weave all over the road." - Jeff Giles 01/09/2000

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"At its best, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW is a well- crafted, page-turning social satire bubbling over with sharp observations and snappy dialogue....It's a good book to read on a plane. Yet, too often, Heller presents such a dark view of the human psyche that her book is hard to warm up to. None of her characters is likable....Heller is an accomplished stylist. One hopes in future books she'll better negotiate the fine line between satire and mockery, and her work will achieve the brilliance that's hinted at here." - Dodie Bellamy 01/30/2000

New York Times
"...Heller...has managed to turn [an] unsavory curmudgeon into the unlikely hero of a tale of rebirth and redemption. In doing so, she has written a novel that's as affecting as it is amusing....What is striking about Willy's story is that Heller not only manages to make this selfish, piggy man understandable--and by the end of the book, sympathetic--but that she has also succeeded in creating a narrative that seamlessly blends the sarcastic and the sincere, the comic and the tragic. Her journalistic eye for the telling detail, her pitch-perfect ear for the lunacies of contemporary speech, her knack for capturing the subtext of hope and memory and regret that informs so many familial exchanges--all combine to make a stylish and spirited debut." - Michiko Kakutani 02/11/2000

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