THE ALL OF IT
by Jeannette Haien / Foreword by Ann Patchett
"I found a terrific out of print novel by Jeanette Haien called The All of It, had it put back into print, and took it with me on tour. In bookstores all across the country I told people why they should read it, and the people snapped it up. The All of It even landed on a few paperback bestseller lists. Now THAT was fun. It gets a little awkward trying to sell my own book night after night, but selling somebody else’s book? I love that. We still keep a stack of The All of It by the cash register at Parnassus. It’s our best selling title of all time." – Ann
While fishing in an Irish salmon stream one rainy morning, Father Declan de Loughry ponders the recent deathbed confession of his parishioner Kevin Dennehy. It seems Dennehy and his wife, Enda, had been quietly living a lie for fifty years. Yet the gravity of their deception doesn't become clear to the good father until Enda shares the full tale of her suffering, finally confiding the all of it.
Jeannette Haien's exquisite, award-winning first novel is a deceptively simple story that resonates with the power of a modern-day myth--an unforgettable narrative of transgression, empathy, and, ultimately, absolution.