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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (25 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616201622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616201623
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,704,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway . . . Told with . . . emotional complexity and subtlety. The New York Times This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift--shared sensibility--and about being saved . . . I love this book. Antonya Nelson, author of Bound Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river--calm depths here, turbulent shallows there--as Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward an imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have in This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life. The Denver Post Don t pass by Michael Parker s book about a 'low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speak--it s no lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story. Washingtonian magazine s blog The writing is direct, the characters vivid . . . In All I Have in This World, Parker, in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run. Austin American-Statesman Parker deftly captures his characters uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire. Booklist Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer. Kirkus Reviews 'Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on. Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2"

Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway . . . Told with . . . emotional complexity and subtlety. The New York Times

This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift--shared sensibility--and about being saved . . . I love this book. Antonya Nelson, author of Bound

Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river--calm depths here, turbulent shallows there--as Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward an imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have in This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life. The Denver Post

Don t pass by Michael Parker s book about a 'low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speak--it s no lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story. Washingtonian magazine s blog

The writing is direct, the characters vivid . . . In All I Have in This World, Parker, in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run. Austin American-Statesman

Parker deftly captures his characters uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire. Booklist

Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer. Kirkus Reviews

'Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on. Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2

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"Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway . . . Told with . . . emotional complexity and subtlety." --The New York Times

"This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift--shared sensibility--and about being saved . . . I love this book." --Antonya Nelson, author of Bound

"Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river--calm depths here, turbulent shallows there--as Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward an imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have in This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life." --The Denver Post

"Don't pass by Michael Parker's book about a 'low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speak--it's no lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story." --Washingtonian magazine's blog

"The writing is direct, the characters vivid . . . In All I Have in This World, Parker, in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run." --Austin American-Statesman

"Parker deftly captures his characters' uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire." --Booklist

"Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer." --Kirkus Reviews

"'Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on." --Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2



-Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway . . . Told with . . . emotional complexity and subtlety.- --The New York Times

-This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift--shared sensibility--and about being saved . . . I love this book.- --Antonya Nelson, author of Bound

-Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas river--calm depths here, turbulent shallows there--as Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward an imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have in This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life.- --The Denver Post

-Don't pass by Michael Parker's book about a 'low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speak--it's no lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story.- --Washingtonian magazine's blog

-The writing is direct, the characters vivid . . . In All I Have in This World, Parker, in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run.- --Austin American-Statesman

-Parker deftly captures his characters' uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire.- --Booklist

-Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer.- --Kirkus Reviews

-'Michael Parker's best novel yet. In front seats and back seats we conjure love and contemplate ruin, as do the wonderful characters in All I Have in This World. Parker again extends his geographical and emotional ranges here in this layered and nuanced story of heartbroken, debt-ridden and atonement-seeking creatures much like many of us. So get in and drive on.- --Mark Richard, author of House of Prayer No. 2

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

“What sort of place was this, anyway? A lithe and lovely woman, blown up from nowhere, had just asked him to test-drive a car for her. It happened to be the car he wanted for himself. Where, in America, could you not walk into a used-car lot and purchase without impediment what looked to Marcus to be at least a twenty-year-old Buick?”

Two strangers meet over the hood of a used car in Texas: Marcus, who is fleeing both his financial and personal failures; and Maria, who after years of dodging her mistakes has returned to her hometown to make amends. One looking forward, the other looking back, they face off over the car they both want and think they need: a low-slung sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra.

The car, too, has seen its share of failures. Each dent and ripped seam represents a pivotal moment in the lives of others: from the boy who assembled it at an Indiana plant to all its ensuing owners—a God-fearing man who sells it when he sees a sexy girl sprawled across its hood, a doctor who can’t dissociate it from his son’s fate, and a rancher’s wife who’d much rather live without it for all the history it carries.

After knowing each other for less than an hour, Marcus and Maria decide to buy the Buick together. As this surprising novel follows the rocky paths of the Electra and its owners—both past and present—these two strangers form an unexpected and ultimately resilient alliance.

All I Have in This World is a different kind of love story about the power of friendship and the ways we must learn to forgive ourselves if we are ever to move on.

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