How and why what we call 'love' lasts? How can we keep being in love with an abusive - not necessarily physical - human despite all? Did love make you strong? Does hate make you weak?
Victor Tuchman has a gangster-like reputation and lifestyle. He seems to be the kind of human doing what he wants with his and other people lives. His wife, Barbara, is mostly aware of it but couldn't care less. For her, life with him is safe, although with time she developed her own emotions-free way to deal with all this. Their children, Alex and Gary are estranged from their parents and as Tuchman is on his deathbed they are haunted by questions regarding their parents. At what extent do we carry the choices of our parents? What do we need to know about our parents?
All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg - previously present on my blog with All Grown Up - is a book of many questions and questioning. It is about a clash between generations and completely different definitions of relationships and romantic love. There are no answers as those able to give it are eventually too busy living their lives.
For me, this was one of those books where although I appreciated the writing and the characters development, I could not relate at all with the characters. Sometimes it just happens to feel alienated as a reader.
(I've listened to the audio version of the book.)
Rating: 3 stars