All That Matters

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Categories: Classic Literature
Publisher: Hyperion e-books/Hyperion | Date published: 09/27/2004


Combining the unabashedly heart-warming sentiment of Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County or Nicholas Sparks's Message in a Bottle, Goldstein's All That Matters is an inspirational story that leads readers to the core of what matters in life--family, hope, and savoring each moment. Jennifer Stempler had nothing left to lose. The love of her life asked her to move out, her mother died in a senseless car accident five years ago, and her famous Hollywood producer father started a brand-new family--with no room in it for her. So, 23-year-old Jennifer decided to pursue peaceful (permanent) oblivion on the beach near her home in Venice, California, drifting on a lethal combination of Xanax and tequila. But even her suicide attempt proves to be a failure. Gabby Zuckerman refuses to let Jennifer, her granddaughter, self-destruct. In her grandmother's care, Jennifer learns to trust and hope again. They spend time together at Central Park and take a seminal journey to Maine. Jennifer exposes her paralyzing grief at the loss of her mother and learns painful history of her Nana's past during the Nazi occupation of Poland. By revealing her own tragic and heroic experience, Gabby bestows Jennifer with an understanding of her own life's value. When Gabby reveals her own secret--one that proves to be Jennifer's toughest challenge yet--Jennifer struggles to find if the gift will sustain her. All That Matters is an enchanting first novel about the simple miracle of life and the true gift of unconditional love.

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