My mom is my best friend. We hadn’t always been that way but our relationship has grown to be that way. I know without a doubt she would do anything for me. As a mother myself, I would do anything for my kids.
Rita and Ruthie have a similar relationship. They have been dealt a crappy hand and life just keeps pushing them further down. Constantly on the brink of homelessness, Rita jumps from beau to beau in the hopes of keeping a roof over their heads and food in their bellies. But she eventually gets bored and it’s time to move on. Until one day she leaves a man and they find themselves broken down just outside of Fat River, NY. Not having the means to fix their vehicle, they wind up working at Tiny’s, a small diner with a gas station run by a quiet man named Mel. There they find themselves in the midst of Peter Pam, a crossdressing waitress, and Arlene, the head waitress who gets hot flashes so severe she must find relief in the walk-in refrigerator.
Mother and daughter soon find themselves on an upswing. They’re making money, making friends, and eventually even have a roof over their heads. But it isn’t long before life deals another blow and Rita must find another unsuspecting man to provide for them. But this man is not one she’s dealt with before and things are at risk. How much will she sacrifice in order to keep them fed and housed?
All We Had is a beautiful telling of a mother-daughter relationship developing in the edges of poverty and reaching for the ultimate American Dream. Annie Weatherwax charms the reader with unique characters that bring laughter and heartache in her storytelling. While ultimately I enjoyed All We Had, I found it difficult to fall into Weatherwax’s writing style and cadence. But once I found a rhythm, I found I couldn’t stop reading. At only 257 pages, it was quick once I got into it. For all those daughters out there who are best friends with their mom, or for the moms that love their daughter unconditionally, definitely pick this one up!