Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Fiction Family Life

Everybody Has Everything

by (author) Katrina Onstad

Grand Central Publishing
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Family Life, Literary
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2012
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $9.99 USD

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it


Several chaotic, poignant, and life-changing weeks pose a fraught question to a most unusual family in this moving, emotionally gripping novel: Can everyone be a parent?

After years of unsuccessful attempts at conceiving a child, Ana and James become parents overnight, when a terrible accident makes them guardians to 2 year-old Finn.

Suddenly, two people who were struggling to come to terms with childlessness are thrust into the opposite situation—they are completely responsible for a small toddler, whose mother's survival is in question.

Finn's crash-landing in their tidy, urban lives throws into high-relief some troubling truths about Ana and James's deepest selves, both separately and as a couple.

About the author

KATRINA ONSTAD is a multiple award–winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian and Elle. Her critically lauded novels include How Happy to Be and Everybody Has Everything, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. Onstad lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.

Katrina Onstad's profile page

User Reviews

They don't always have everything . . .

What a wonderfully written novel about what happens when you get something you thought you wanted and yet it's not what you wanted at all. A brilliantly different look at parenthood and the journey that both men and women take to get there, or not get there. I loved that this shows the emotional side of a husband trying to do best for his wife while fighting his own desire to be a parent.

You will not be disappointed and you will be left wanting more, a perfect combination!