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Every Body has a Story

With the power to break and mend hearts, Every Body Has a Story reveals the fragility of the ties that bind, a grim yet lyrical journey into that other America just around the corner.

As the Great Recession and the foreclosure crisis hit, four close friends who barely made it out of poverty in New York City’s South Bronx, suddenly find themselves caught up in the economic maelstrom. Lena, Zack, Dory, and Stu must reconcile their troubled past with an uncertain future in Beverly Gologorsky’s stunning new novel, a tapestry of working-class life in a world on the brink.


    “What a book! Gologorsky is at her best, weaving a tapestry of the lives of very real people, people whose lives deserve her care, her unsparing eye, and her compassion. Here is a story that cuts to the core of the way things are, and the way they can -- all of a sudden -- become. You heart might be ripped out by this book, but it will get placed back inside with a larger capacity to love and beat on -- what a book, indeed.”—Elizabeth Strout, author of My Name is Lucy Barton and Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge


     “Gologorsky plumbs the lives of working people in America. Economic crisis can strike suddenly. Families can fall apart and mend again. Love is deep--both powerful and fragile--but never simple. Everybody does have a story, and Gologorsky’s compassion and knowledge of the human heart reveals the unspoken emotional layers in marriage, parenthood, friendship, and in unexpected love. In beautiful and lucid prose, the story of two families caught in some of the most difficult contemporary crosscurrents builds to a crescendo with memorable characters that remain with the reader. A deep and gripping novel until the very last words.”—Jane Lazarre, author of Beyond the Whiteness of Whiteness: Memoir of a White Mother of Black Sons

    "In prose as tender and historically detailed as Alice McDermott’s, Beverly Gologorsky weaves a tale of two hard-working and endearing couples sent head-over-heels by the sudden economic reversals to which the non-rich are so subject. As much a story about marital and parental love as it is about the precariousness of working class life, this novel makes us fall for each of its characters, even as they make their deeply human mistakes. Timeless and essential, Every Body Has a Story is utterly spellbinding."
    —Helen Benedict, author of Wolf Season and Sand Queen



    Praise of previous books: The Things We Do to Make It Home (New York Times Notable Book, Los Angeles Times Best Fiction, finalist for Barnes & Nobles Discovery of Great Writers Awards)


    “Stunning. . . .Lean and supple, completely persuasive, full of nuanced turns, dead on about how people try to bind and repel each other at the same time.”—New York Times Book Review


    Stop Here (an Indie Next Pick and Reader’s Digest Best Indy Novels of the Year) “Gologorsky’s . . . . novel. . . . examines the lives of working-class families impacted by war. . . . The author treats each singular story line with insight, compassion, and no sentimentality.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)