Everything You Know by Zoe Heller

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Willy Muller is an embittered writer of celebrity bios and an equal-opportunity misanthropist. At the age of fifty, he has survived imprisonment for murdering his wife, years of venomous hate mail from the British public and, most recently, the suicide of his daughter Sadie. Willy needs a rest, but he's not going to get it. While recuperating from a heart attack in a Mexican resort with his magnificently silly girlfriend Penny and his vodka-drenched friend Harry, Willy finds himself drawn into a troubling confrontation with his past. He should be working on the screen adaptation of his infamous hack memoir, To Have and to Hold, but instead he becomes engrossed in Sadie's tragic diaries. Reluctantly, he considers his chaotic family history and the notion that "only when you die do you run out of chances to be good."

Set in Mexico, Los Angeles and London, Everything You Know is a story of love and loathing, sex and death, and filial relations gone horribly awry. Acidly funny and deeply affecting, it marks the debut of a brilliant and immensely stylish young writer.

About Zoe Heller

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Zoe Heller was born in London and educated at Oxford and Columbia. She lives in Brooklyn and Pennsylvania. This is her first novel.
Published March 15, 1994 by Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc.. 32 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Willy Muller, the 55-year-old antihero featured in Heller's debut novel, is a hack journalist, absent father, convicted murderer and all-around unsavory character who must come to terms with his past

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If Willy Muller can't classify himself as a good man, is the only other possibility that he's a bad one?

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British writer Zoë Heller, author of Notes on a Scandal, convincingly gets into the mind of a misanthropic, selfish man who is, nonetheless, appealingly self-aware, funny, and sharply intelligent.

Feb 04 2007 | Read Full Review of Everything You Know

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Willy should have hit a turning point in his life as a result of a heart attack but unlike many who recover from a life threatening event determined to make more of their lives and to live every day, Willy seems to have just lost his interest in life.

Apr 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Everything You Know


The writing style, the setting and the plot of the book was beyond great.

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