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This December, we're reading Jami Attenberg's All This Could Be Yours. Read an excerpt here.
In her latest novel, Attenberg presents a dysfunctional family (what other kind is there?) awaiting the imminent death of its patriarch — and anticipating the swift revelation of the dark secrets he kept.
We asked Attenberg to tell us a bit about how the book came to be. Here's what she had to say:
All my books start with a voice in my head, a character who shows up and has something urgent to say and absolutely refuses to leave. Sometimes I try to shake them – maybe they feel a little too complicated to write – but the trickiest ones are always worth your time.
I heard the first voice of All This Could Be Yours right after I had dropped off some family members at the airport. It had been an extremely pleasant visit, but a drive home from the airport can give you the time to get pretty real with yourself. I had played tourist with them all weekend – New Orleans is the number one tourist destination in the world – and now I was sort of reflecting on family and life, but also this city I had moved to only a few years before, and everything that goes into making it work as a place to visit and drink and eat and be decadent. All of it sort of mish-mashed inside me.
And then this character showed up: She was the daughter of a man who was on his deathbed, and she was sitting on the roof of a hotel getting drunk with her sister-in-law, bitching about her dying father, being kind of hilarious and emotional and brutal all at the same time. I thought, “Oh boy, she’s kind of a tough one. Wonder what it would be like to set her out on the streets of New Orleans.”
She kept talking. By the time I got home I had already written the first scene. I knew she was newly divorced and smart and a little lonely, and that her father was a bad man and her mother was an enabler and her brother was in denial and all of them were a mess. I also knew she loved her parents, and that she was funny and alive. I couldn’t have shut her up if I tried. So I started from there and did not stop until I reached the end, until she and everyone in her family had said all they had come to say.
Illustrations by Julian Targowski for BuzzFeed.