All I Have In This World



❰Download❯ ✤ All I Have In This World Author Michael Parker – E17streets4all.co.uk Two strangers meet on a windswept car lot in West Texas Marcus is fleeing the disastrous fallout of chasing a lifelong dream Maria is returning to the hometown she fled years ago, to make amends They Two strangers meet on a Have In PDF ☆ windswept car lot in West Texas Marcus is fleeing the disastrous fallout of chasing a lifelong dream Maria is returning to the hometown she fled years ago, to make amends They begin to argue over the car that they both desperately want a low slung, sky blue, twenty year old Buick ElectraThe car, too, has seen its share of mistakes and failures Every dent and seam has witnessed pivotal moments in the lives of others, from the boy who assembled it at the Cleveland factory to all the owners All I Kindle - who were to follow a God fearing man who sells it when he sees a sexy girl sprawled across it, a doctor who can t dissociate it from his son s fate, a girl with a hole in her heart, and a rancher s wife who d much rather live without it for all the history it carriesMarcus and Maria, after knowing each other for less than an hour, decide to buy the old car together And as this surprising novel follows the rocky paths of the Electra and its owners both past and present I Have In PDF ↠ these two lost souls find solace in an unexpected alliance All I Have In This World is a tender, compelling novel about our desire to reconcile the past with the present, and the ways we must learn to forgive others, and perhaps even ourselves, if we are ever to move on.All I Have In This World

MICHAEL PARKER is the author Have In PDF ☆ of five novels Hello Down There, Towns Without Rivers, Virginia Lovers, If You Want Me To Stay, The Watery Part of the World and two collections of stories, The Geographical Cure and Don t Make Me Stop Now His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various journals including Five Points, the Georgia Review, The Idaho Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner and Runner s World He has received fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council All I Kindle - and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Hobson Award for Arts and Letters, and the North Carolina Award for Literature His work has been anthologized in the Pushcart, New Stories from the South and O Henry Prize Stories anthologies A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, he is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro His website is michaelfparker.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • All I Have In This World
  • Michael Parker
  • 06 February 2018
  • 1616201622

10 thoughts on “All I Have In This World

  1. says:

    Based on the reaction at today s bookclub, I am in the minority for loving this Just my kind of book, I guess But why do I feel the need to apologize or temper my five stars by saying, Well I loved it but I doubt anyone else will Raspberries I liked it a lot Amazing Yes, to me Not Should be amazingly adored by everyone Skillfully constructed, well balanced and authentic seeming characters, and by well balanced , I mean in how they were presented, not the character s personalities Based on the reaction at today s bookclub, I am in the minority for loving this Just my kind of book, I guess But why do I feel the need to apologize or temper my five stars by saying, Well I loved it but I doubt anyone else will Raspberries I liked it a lot Amazing Yes, to me Not Should be amazingly adored by everyone Skillfully constructed, well balanced and authentic seeming characters, and by well balanced , I mean in how they were presented, not the character s personalities Sure, suspend some beliefs but yet, as a reader, I didn t doubt ANY of it I totally get that some people might not find it authentic and rather thought it silly, even but I loved it Some one thought the relationships were as dry and arid as Western Texas I don t know why it made sense to me and was believable or why I didn t feel I needed to believe that two strangers sharing a car is possible or would ever never happen Who cares it works in this story The Buick Electra was a character and I didn t care that the last chapter didn t make any sense or that the story of the mother and dot who followed the car in Indiana was odd and didn t connect I loved it So, if you want to experience this book and you know I hate to give spoilers, just know this The first ten pages are WHAM punch And then the author inserts little short stories about a Buick Electra Pay attention to the years on the chapter titles and just roll with it It might have helped that I read the last 2 3 of this book in two days I was not expecting to 5 star this when in the first 1 3 I thought it had chances of being a solid 3 star But something about the prose and the thoughts shared and the emotions provoked pushed it into the amazing realm.I loved it I suspect that most of my book club would have given it 2 3 stars AND I bet they are very worried that I am extremely excited about our next book The Good Lord Bird by James McBride Totally different book, I m sure, but they are nervous

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    3.5 starsContemplative, dreamy, quirky, and consistently engaging, Michael Parker s All I Have in This World was a very pleasant surprise It reminded me a little of Ian McEwan s work, if ever he decided to emigrate to West Texas, channel Larry McMurtry and write a quixotic mood piece featuring an impulsive failed Venus fly trap farmer, a troubled sous chef, and a sky blue 1984 Buick Electra hoop dee Mr Parker s prose might not be for everyone those who hate run on sentences and swirly dream 3.5 starsContemplative, dreamy, quirky, and consistently engaging, Michael Parker s All I Have in This World was a very pleasant surprise It reminded me a little of Ian McEwan s work, if ever he decided to emigrate to West Texas, channel Larry McMurtry and write a quixotic mood piece featuring an impulsive failed Venus fly trap farmer, a troubled sous chef, and a sky blue 1984 Buick Electra hoop dee Mr Parker s prose might not be for everyone those who hate run on sentences and swirly dream sequences might want to give this a pass but his serendipitous tale of poor life choices and redemption really struck a chord with me I look forward to readingfrom him

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    Michael Parker s All I Have in This World is a beautifully written, poignant, sometimes meandering novel about two people damaged by their mistakes and the aftermath of them, and an old car that somehow binds them together in a strange way.Maria fled her home in Pinto Canyon, Texas just at the end of high school, when a life changing decision she made resulted in a tragedy she couldn t escape Ten years have gone by, and Maria has stayed away from Texas, and barely kept in touch with her mother Michael Parker s All I Have in This World is a beautifully written, poignant, sometimes meandering novel about two people damaged by their mistakes and the aftermath of them, and an old car that somehow binds them together in a strange way.Maria fled her home in Pinto Canyon, Texas just at the end of high school, when a life changing decision she made resulted in a tragedy she couldn t escape Ten years have gone by, and Maria has stayed away from Texas, and barely kept in touch with her mother Maria has moved from place to place, job to job, and, at times, from man to man, although the holes in her life have yet to be filled But she makes the decision to return home for a little while, and is surprised by how much she is still affected by the events that caused her departure.Marcus dreamed of breeding Venus flytraps, and building a farm and educational center for them on his family s acreage in a small North Carolina town But Marcus lack of business and museum acumen, as well as his lack of foresight, has led to the bank foreclosing on and seizing the land, land which partially belongs to his sister Marcus decides to leave North Carolina and head for Mexico, with the money he was able to salvage, and did not share with his sister what happened A stop along the way in Pinto Canyon for a hike along the Rio Grande results in his truck getting stolen with nearly everything he owned inside.Maria and Marcus meet at a used car lot Both are looking for a car Maria to avoid having to share with her mother, and Marcus to be able to head to Mexico as he originally planned The two both set their eyes on the same car, a 1984 sky blue Buick Electra In a snap decision, the pair agrees to share the car, regardless of the fact that they had never really met or introduced themselves, for that matter , and both have different plans for the car But they agree to use the car on alternate days, as both try to gain some footing again in their world.All I Have in This World tells the story of two people desperately trying to hang on and make some sense of their lives, and find a way forward that doesn t involve giving up Both need to come to terms with what they ve done and move on, but neither can seem to handle either of those monumental steps As life pushes in around them, they are both unsure of what to do next face their problems or flee again This book also tells the story of the Buick Skylark through the years, from when it was first transported from the factory as a young girl with a heart problem watches the car trailer drive past, to the various people whose lives the car touched through the years, until it wound up on the used car lot where Marcus and Maria found it For its previous owners, the car was both a point of pride and pain, a talisman and a bittersweet reminder.Michael Parker is tremendously skilled, and he has created two characters with so much depth and pain in their lives, not all of it their own making I felt as if the story took a bit to get going, as really the book hit its stride once Maria and Marcus met, but both of their stories are tremendously compelling At times the book is a little hard to follow, and I felt that the ending was a littleambiguous than I would have liked, but in the end, this book has stuck with me I felt for Marcus and Maria and their struggles, and would like to knowabout whether they were able to put their pasts behind them and find happiness A unique, interesting, and emotionally rich book

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    I m left fairly underwhelmed by this novel which takes almost half the book to get to the point where it reflects the precis provided by the blurb The narrative shifts between 1994 and 2004 revealing the protagonists defining life moments For Maria this is fleeing her hometown at seventeen after an abortion and the subsequent suicide of her boyfriend For Marcus it is the failure of his dream, forcing him into bankruptcy and robbing his sister of her rightful inheritance They are strangers wh I m left fairly underwhelmed by this novel which takes almost half the book to get to the point where it reflects the precis provided by the blurb The narrative shifts between 1994 and 2004 revealing the protagonists defining life moments For Maria this is fleeing her hometown at seventeen after an abortion and the subsequent suicide of her boyfriend For Marcus it is the failure of his dream, forcing him into bankruptcy and robbing his sister of her rightful inheritance They are strangers when they meet in a car yard nearly halfway through the book and inexplicably decide to jointly purchase a sky blue, low slung Buick Electra.The main themes of the novel explore regret, forgiveness and redemption but I had trouble maintaining my interest in two such introspective characters Their angst about their individual circumstances seemed repetitive at times and the streams of consciousness were tiring One sentence ran over three pages p220 224 and it was not the only one.I did like the vignettes that shared the history of the car and its previous owners and I would have likedof these to break up the relentlessly serious tone All I Have In The World is the sort of novel that will likely gain praise for its literary style and I have to admit the imagery is often wonderful but it didn t really work for me, in retrospect I probably should have put it aside instead of pushing through

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    This is a terrific novel about two lost souls who come together and help one another find peace and a modicum of joy in their lives One is a woman, Maria, who suffered a traumatic experience with a high school boyfriend Because her family is one that suppresses rather than discusses experiences and feelings what transpired haunts her for decades The other is 47 year old man, Marcus, who brought on his own misery by trying to start a flytrap museum on the North Carolina farm he inherited with This is a terrific novel about two lost souls who come together and help one another find peace and a modicum of joy in their lives One is a woman, Maria, who suffered a traumatic experience with a high school boyfriend Because her family is one that suppresses rather than discusses experiences and feelings what transpired haunts her for decades The other is 47 year old man, Marcus, who brought on his own misery by trying to start a flytrap museum on the North Carolina farm he inherited with his parents When that business fails, the bank reclaims the property and he runs away, afraid to tell his sister that he s squandered their inheritance Marcus and Maria meet in Texas, near Maria s home, a used parking lot when they both become interested in a decades old Buick Electra They end up deciding to share the car and become friends The novel starts with a blockbuster first chapter in which we learn of Maria s traumatic history with her high school boyfriend It then shifts between the two main characters points of view, but interspersed we get intriguing vignettes about all the people who touched that Buick Electra before them from the Detroit workers who assembled it to all the previous owners It would seem like a distracting device, but it s not Each story is compelling After that jaw dropping opening chapter, the novel does slow down a bit as we get to know Maria and Marcus muddling along in their own lives and it takes a while for the two of them to get together But their back stories are fascinating This is a novel of rich characterization One of the bad people in the book would seem to be Maria s mother, who is so shut down and unable to communicate that she seems to be the source of all of Maria s troubles But over the course of the novel, we get to know her, and by the end this distant and aloof woman is perfectly understandable, and you end up feeling great compassion for her Overall it s a terrific novel with an incredible sense of place You feel like you walk right into the North Carolina and Southwest Texas environments the author describes It s a terrific read for anyone who enjoys a character based novel, and it s a novel that will give you hope about the possibilities of relationships and human connections especially because it portrays that budding relationship between Maria and Marcus without resorting to any plot hijinxs or overly sentimental, romantic comedy type twists

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    All I Have In This World by Michael ParkerWhat first prompted me to apply to read this book was the title It s not the material things we have that will live with us forever.This is a story about many people and I first found it confusing because of the chapters were from a different year and different people til I realized it was the story of the car and the previous owners lives.Loved learning about the terrain and nature around the various places the books take you to Marcus has his dream a All I Have In This World by Michael ParkerWhat first prompted me to apply to read this book was the title It s not the material things we have that will live with us forever.This is a story about many people and I first found it confusing because of the chapters were from a different year and different people til I realized it was the story of the car and the previous owners lives.Loved learning about the terrain and nature around the various places the books take you to Marcus has his dream and realizes he s a failure and tries to make his dream happen Maria is from a mixed up family and they end up buying the car together.Found it interesting where their path takes them especially when they are out driving, talking and learning about one another and what they want to do.Loved the lists and charts Love how the background of the car and its owners connect to the characters who buy it.I received this book from Library Thing via Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in exchange for my honest review

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    This novel is a rare find first, the main characters are likable The writing is beautiful but never pretentious The story comes with dark edges, but at its center it s a comedy And there s plenty of action, but actions aren t the point The point, it seems to me, is the spirit of the main characters Marcus, Maria and Harriet It s clear that Parker knows these people in a very deep way and, flawed as they are, I nominate them for Characters in a Novel I Would Most Like to Hang Out With Lik This novel is a rare find first, the main characters are likable The writing is beautiful but never pretentious The story comes with dark edges, but at its center it s a comedy And there s plenty of action, but actions aren t the point The point, it seems to me, is the spirit of the main characters Marcus, Maria and Harriet It s clear that Parker knows these people in a very deep way and, flawed as they are, I nominate them for Characters in a Novel I Would Most Like to Hang Out With Like Parker s writing, the people in ALL I HAVE IN THIS WORLD are original, quirky and have no patience with bs

  8. says:

    All I Have In This World is a curious, quirky and intriguing novel about a man and a woman who meet in a used car lot while looking at the same car a 1984 Buick Electra The novel is intertwined with the history of the car, along with the previous owners history.The Buick Electra is an entity unto itself, as we discover flitting back and forth from the present day to the past.

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    Original review found at I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Thank you What can I say about this book It was definitely an interesting concept with the car at the center of the story and tidbits from past owners up to the present when Maria and Marcus took ownership Unfortunatley I had a hard time swallowing or really understanding how the two ended up co owning the Buic Original review found at I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Thank you What can I say about this book It was definitely an interesting concept with the car at the center of the story and tidbits from past owners up to the present when Maria and Marcus took ownership Unfortunatley I had a hard time swallowing or really understanding how the two ended up co owning the Buick Both Maria and Marcus have a troubled past and something they are hiding from each other Each of their stories were relatively interesting but I found that there were so many rabbit trails throughout the pages that very little of it really surfaced in a satisfying way I wanted to know about the two characters and how they were going to make amends with their past but every time it came around to them I found myself on another long winded rabbit trail that I didn t really care for After skimming paragraphs to get back on the right track there would be a few sentences of the present and then off on another trail we went I m not talking so much about the actual events of their past that were significant to their present story but the rest of the stuff that sufficated it There was a good plot to the story but it was just too buried in a lot of other rambling for me to fully enjoy The actual time that Maria and Marcus spent together was not fully developed and therefore I could not feel or understand the bond and the relevance of it For a lack of a better description it felt a little robotic and stiff For me, the book was just ok

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    If I had to summarize this book s theme, I d say it was about realizing that everything is not about you and simultaneously, you are responsible for your life The story is told through a vehicle literally a blue buick , a woman who has been fleeing her past a boyfriend who killed himself when she broke off her relationship and an abortion and a man who has gone bankrupt from a badly designed business plan to have a nature center for venus fly traps As you can guess from the players in t If I had to summarize this book s theme, I d say it was about realizing that everything is not about you and simultaneously, you are responsible for your life The story is told through a vehicle literally a blue buick , a woman who has been fleeing her past a boyfriend who killed himself when she broke off her relationship and an abortion and a man who has gone bankrupt from a badly designed business plan to have a nature center for venus fly traps As you can guess from the players in this drama, there is some humor And it s an intriguing story The whole Buick thing seems contrived but by the end of the book, it sort of works This isof a cerebral book mostly about what people are thinking at any given time then it is about anything happening

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