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Everyone Is Beautiful: A Novel
by Katherine Center

Published: 2009-02-17
Hardcover : 256 pages
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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 ...
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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.

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Food/ambiance
by kfoulks (see profile) 05/04/09
Go to a campus!! Eat food (cake?) on/near a campus. It's not likely to be Harvard, but it still may have the starving teachers' assistant vibe.

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  "finding oneself all over again"by msharry (see profile) 03/08/12

Enjoyed this book even though it has been a long time since I dealt with diapers and breast-feeding. I remember well the craving for conversation with an adult and feeling overwhelmed with motherhood.... (read more)

 
  "Real love in a real marriage"by kfoulks (see profile) 05/04/09

I loved that Lanie and Peter had a NORMAL life.... three kids, no time for each other, and noone had a secret life, no suprises from the past, nothing big... but life had gotten in the way of their romance.... (read more)

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