Everyone Is Beautiful

By Katherine Center

Everyone Is Beautiful

 3.7 

Everyone Is Beautiful

10 Quotes    3.7 

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire comes a hugely entertaining, poignant, and charming novel about what happens after happily ever after. “Everyone Is Beautiful is for every woman who has ever struggled to find, hold on to, and nurture ... authenticity in the midst of motherhood’s wild, messy, wonderful thing.”—Brené Brown Lanie Coates' life has taken a turn for the worse. She's packed everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in Boston with her husband, Peter, and their three young sons. Her husband has left behind family and friends in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. But, somewhere in the midst of her personal hurricane, Lanie realizes that she, too, had dreams... if she could only remember what they were. Lanie seems to put herself last these days, and when another mom mistakenly thinks she's pregnant, it's the final straw. Lanie has yearned to be her old self again for fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she cares to count since the day she said "I do." It's time for her to rise up, dig her moxie out of the diaper pail, and rediscover the woman she was before motherhood took over her life. Lanie initiates change by joining a gym, enrolling in photography classes, and making new friends. She, on the other hand, creates waves that end up threatening her entire life. Lanie must find a way to find herself without losing everything else in the process, balancing motherhood and me-time, marriage and independence, and supporting loved ones while also realizing her own dreams.

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  • GENRES

    Fiction

  • PUBLISHED BY

    Ballantine books

  • PUBLISHED ON

    May 4, 2021

  • ISBN

    9780345497970

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    272

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Everyone is Beautiful

Everyone is Beautiful

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Quotes from Everyone Is Beautiful

That was the tricky part. You poured inordinate amounts of time and attention and affection into your kids, but the result was indirect. You didn't point out a cat to your one-year-old and then watch him, minutes later, say 'Cat.' Instead, you pointed out a hundred cats to your one-year-old and then, one day, watched him point to a cat and say 'Mama.

It had not occured to me to mourn losing those things until now. I had done each of those things, somewhere along the way, for a last time - without realizing it was the last time. And even after I knew that I was no longer a child, somehow I'd assumed those things could have come back to me. Or that I could have gone back to them. But watching the movies on this day, I became aware of infinite losses.

Because the truth was, there was a dark underbelly of terror to motherhood. You loved your children with such an overwhelming fierceness that you were absolutely vulnerable at every moment of every day: They could be taken from you. Somehow, you could lose them. You could stop at the corner to buy a newspaper when a drunk driver veered onto the sidewalk. You could feed your child an E. coli-tainted hamburger. You could turn your head for a second while one darted out into the street. The threats to your child were infinite. And the thing was, if any of your children's lives were ruined, even a little bit, yours wold be, too.

Really, when I look back on it, I did exactly what I had set out to do. I changed my life. I woke myself up. I rediscovered passions of every variety. I forced myself to take a little time. I found a way to bring some of who I used to be into who I was.

And here, after all that, is what I have come to believe about beauty: Laughter is beautiful. Kindness is beautiful. Cellulite is beautiful. Softness and plumpness and roundness are beautiful. It’s more important to be interesting, to be vivid, and to be adventurous than to sit pretty for pictures. The soft tummy of a woman is a miracle of nature. Beauty comes from tenderness. Beauty comes from variety, from specificity, from the fact that no person in the world looks exactly like anyone else. Beauty comes from the tragedy that each person’s life is destined to be lost to time. I believe women are too hard on themselves. I believe that when you love someone, she becomes beautiful to you. I believe the eyes see everything through the heart, that nothing in the world feels as good as resting them on someone you love. I have trained my eyes to look for beauty, and I’ve gotten very good at finding it. You can argue and tell me it’s not true, but I really don’t care what anyone says. I have come at last to believe in the title of the book: Everyone Is Beautiful.

There is no better people-watching than at the airport: the whole world packed into such a tight space, moving fast with all their essentials in their rolling bags. And what caught my attention, as I took a few breaths and lay my eyes on the crowds, were all the imperfections. Everybody had them. Every single person that walked past me had some kind of flaw. Bushy eyebrows, moles, flared nostrils, crooked teeth, crows'-feet, hunched backs, dowagers' humps, double chins, floppy earlobes, nose hairs, potbellies, scars, nicotine stains, upper arm fat, trick knees, saddlebags, collapsed arches, bruises, warts, puffy eyes, pimples. Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craning their necks. Everybody had marks on their bodies from years of living - a trail of life left on them, evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they were.
In that moment, I suddenly loved us all the more for our flaws, for being broken and human, for being embarrassed and lonely, for being hopeful or tired or disappointed or sick or brave or angry. For being who we were, for making the world interesting. It was a good reminder that the human condition is imperfection. And that's how it's supposed to be.

Reviews of Everyone Is Beautiful

However, as Lanie begins to find herself through a newfound passion for photography, the story gains traction, and the tension grows as her photography teacher turns out to be a smitten kitten. Like real-life marriage with children, this book offers enough sparkling moments to compensate for the tedium.

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