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Everything Must Go

By: Camille Pagán
Narrated by: Amy McFadden,Laural Merlington
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Publisher's Summary

A warm, wry novel about secrets, second chances, and the unbreakable bonds between mothers, daughters, and sisters by the #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.

Laine Francis believes there’s a place for everything—and New York, where her family lives, isn’t her place. But no sooner does the professional organizer’s marriage begin to unravel than her sisters drop another bomb on her: their mother, Sally, may have dementia, and they need Laine to come home.

Laine agrees to briefly return to Brooklyn. After all, bringing order to chaos is what she does best. To Laine’s relief, Sally seems no more absentminded than usual. So Laine vows to help her mother maintain her independence, then hightail it back to Michigan.

Except Laine’s plans go awry when she runs into her former best friend, Ben, and realizes she finally has a chance to repair their fractured relationship. Then she discovers that memory loss isn’t the only thing Sally’s been hiding, forcing Laine to decide whether to reveal a devastating truth to her sisters—and whether to follow her heart when it means breaking her mother’s.

©2022 Camille Pagán (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“The dual narrations—Laine's and her mother's—are key to the story. McFadden expresses Laine's emotions perfectly in every situation, while Merlington plays the part of a mother who is not so sure that her mind is working properly. Both carry the tone of the story from lighthearted to serious and contemplative with expert grace.”Booklist

“I will not miss a Camille Pagán novel and this is why: the most relatable women between two covers, the most interesting situations, the most satisfyingly emotional outcomes. Everything Must Go has all of that, with a compassionate woman facing the crossroads between two futures, two men, and two cities—and navigating the nuances of her two beautiful, successful, and overbearing sisters all the while. The family secrets keep unfolding and the pages fly by in this moving, bighearted read!”—Kelly Harms, bestselling author of The Seven Day Switch 

“A tender and witty read about the complications of family, heartbreak, going home, and finding home. You’ll root and cry and cheer for Laine on every compulsively readable page.”—Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author 

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Yeah …the Narrator

I ready lots of comments about how awful the narrator is…and at first it was a struggle. What I came to believe is that the narrator is using the vernacular and intonation of many young women today; my theory is that it will most annoy older listeners and younger listeners less so.
That said (the narrator pronounces that word as “sad” throughout the book!), the book was very good and it was uplifting. The plot is simple; I kept thinking of possibilities that could have been interesting to pursue, but it is very predictable in that aspect.
The character development was very satisfyingly done. Theres not that many so you get to feel like you know them pretty well and to like them. This book lacks a villain- unless its the main characters father.
So if you want a well written, weekend kind of romance that ends predictably, this is it! I must have , because I enjoyed it, but would have really liked the book to be longer and more detailed.

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Worst narrator I have ever heard.

the narrator is the worst I've ever heard. I tried to finish this book, but if I had to hear her say "he sud" or she sud" one more time, I would scream! the word she was attempting to say was "said". Listening to her voice was like listening to someone scrapping on a chalk board with their fingernails.

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Narrator was just awful.

I loved the idea of this book, and the storyline seemed great. But...after trying on three different occasions I could not get past the 30 minute mark. The narrator had the most annoying voice....I'm not sure what she was going for, but it wasn't working. Ended up being so distracting that I couldn't pay attention the story itself. Still wondering how it all ended up.

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Reader was irritating

The reader had weird pronunciation, especially of the word “said” (sounded like sad), which was used way to often to differentiate speakers. I persevered because the story interested me.

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Narrator awful, Don’t know if story is good or not couldn’t stand to listen to it.

I don’t think I have even listen to a half hour of this book. I have never heard a narrator with such a poor accent and I don’t even know what to say it was so horrible, trying to listen to this person read was painful.

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Nope, couldn’t do it

I didn’t make it passed the first chapter. The narrator is terrible. They way she pronounces her words is annoying.

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The book when on way too long.

The main character Laney was very Whiny and did not inspire one to root for her at all. The other characters were OK but it just didn’t make up for a lame story.

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Beautiful story

I don't do many reviews but I had to for this one. Both narrators were excellent and believable as the character they were representing. And I definitely related to the daughter, having been through some of her experiences.

Sensitively written, interesting plot twists, and heartwarming.

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Be true to yourself

The motto of this whole story was being honest with yourself and living life no to please others.

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Everything Must Go

There was A LOT about this book I liked from the family relationships to learning to do what is best for yourself and the narration was good. Things not a huge fan of was Josh not wanting to have a baby with his wife of 12 years but getting with her sister who had several kids, I found that relationship weird! I didn't see anything wrong with the mom and felt had they just talked all those years ago the racist things could have been nipped in the bud. I did enjoy the book enough to recommend it!

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