Everybody Has Everything

“Onstad’s radiant novel is powered by gorgeous writing, a quietly propulsive plot, and an uncannily accurate rendering of the way love, lust, rage, and reconciliation ebb and flow in the life of a couple.”
– Real Simple

“Crisp, gripping and deeply thought-provoking.
Library Journal (Starred Review)

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  • Longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2013 Toronto Book Awards
  • Amazon Best Book (Editor’s Choice) for 2012
  • Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of 2012
  • NOW Magazine Top 10 Books of 2012


“Utterly rich, vivid and filled with urgency. I couldn’t take my eyes off of these characters.”

  • Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants

“A keen eye for details of the contemporary good life…a delicious read.”

  • Carol Anshaw, author of Carry the One

“Tenderly observed and elegantly drawn, Onstad’s characters are true to the deep worries and tangential shifts of fate which often define modern life; they remind us of that life’s ability to soothe, to hurt, and to heal.”

  • Vincent Lam, Giller Prize-winning author of Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and The Headmaster’s Wager

“What an interesting, vivid, utterly modern novel Katrina Onstad has written.”

  • Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy 

“Katrina Onstad’s beautiful new novel is a clear-eyed look at an ordinary marriage under extraordinary pressure. Everybody Has Everything is about many things — family, friendship, responsibility, loss — but at its heart, it’s about what happens when the person you love suddenly veers off in another direction. It is unflinching, yet tender, gripping and lyrical and devastating. I can’t stop thinking about it.”

  • Lauren Fox, author of Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us

“There are no unearned tears, nothing’s decorated, when I laughed or cried it was always for the same reason: painful recognition. Her characters demonstrate exactly what love does to us, in its awful absence and its glorious abundance. I loved this book.”

  • Lisa Gabriele, author of Tempting Faith DiNapoli and The Almost Archer Sisters

What happens when the tidy, prosperous life of an urban couple is turned inside out by a tragedy with unexpected consequences? After a car crash leaves their friend Marcus dead and his wife Sarah in a coma, Ana and James are shocked to discover that they have become the legal guardians of a 2½-year-old, Finn. Finn’s crash-landing in their lives throws into high relief deeply rooted, and sometimes long-hidden, truths about themselves, both individually and as a couple. Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks as a most unusual family give rise to an often unasked question: Can everyone be a parent?

Combining a pitch-perfect, whip-smart dissection of contemporary urban life with a fresh and perceptive examination of our individual and collective ambivalence towards parenthood, Katrina Onstad’s Everybody Has Everything balances tragedy and comedy with verve and flair.

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