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In her thirties, Jillian's most radical act is learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. After Jillian loses a close friend to drugs, she herself is saved by her fierce, bold love for her son as she fights to make him—and herself—feel safe and at home in the world. Exploring complex ideas of identity and reinvention, Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for everyone, especially every mother, who has ever hoped for a second act in life.
ABOUT JILLIAN LAUREN
Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem", and the 2011 novel "Pretty", both published by Plume/Penguin. "Some Girls" has since been translated into eighteen different languages, and is currently being adapted into a feature film. Lauren has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in 'The Paris Review", 'The New York Times, Vanity Fair, "Los Angeles Magazine", "Flaunt Magazine", "The Rumpus", and "Salon", among others. Her work has also been widely anthologized, including "The Moth Anthology", and "True Tales of Lust and Love". She has given a "TEDx Talk" on "adoption" and presented stories at "Upright Citizens Brigade."