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Two strangers meet on a windswept car lot in West Texas. Marcus is fleeing the disastrous fallout of chasing a lifelong dream; Maria is returning to the hometown she fled years ago, to make amends. They begin to argue over the car that they both desperately want—a low-slung sky-blue twenty-year-old Buick Electra.

The car, too, has seen its share of mistakes and failures. Every dent and seam has witnessed pivotal moments in the lives of others, from the boy who assembled it at the Cleveland factory to all the owners who were to follow: a God-fearing man who sells it when he sees a sexy girl sprawled across it; a doctor who can’t dissociate it from his son’s fate; and a rancher’s wife who’d much rather live without it for all the history it carries.

Marcus and Maria, after knowing each other for less than an hour, decide to buy the old car together. And as this surprising novel follows the rocky paths of the Electra and its owners—both past and present—these two lost souls form an unexpected alliance.

All I Have in This World is a tender novel about our desire to reconcile past mistakes, and the ways we must learn to forgive others, and perhaps even ourselves, if we are ever to move on.


"Part empathetic portrait of troubled souls and part Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway... Maria's story is told with the greater emotional complexity and subtlety." —The New York Times

"This is a very funny, very moving novel about being lost and then found, about that rarest gift, shared sensibility, and about being saved...I love this book." Antonya Nelson, author of Bound


"Parker's skillfully rendered story rolls like a restless, unpredictable west Texas rivercalm depths here, turbulent shallows thereas Marcus and Maria communicate (sometimes with words, sometimes with silence, almost always in the car) and lurch toward and imperfect union. This makes Parker's story remarkable. But what makes All I Have In This World memorable is this: While any number of disasters can (and do) take place along the way, and while some are heartbreaking, the watershed moments happen not with sadness or blood or pain, but with cascades of laughter. It's through moments of unabashed humor, when Marcus and Maria let go and laugh, that his characters finally, and completely, connect. Which feels a lot like real life." —Denver Post


"Don't pass by Michael Parker's book about a 'low-slung-sky-blue 1984 Buick Electra' without kicking its tires, so to speakit's not lemon but a sweet, sinuous, and smart love story." —Washingtonian Magazine's blog


"The writing is direct, the characters vivid...In All I Have In This World, Parker in prose clear as the Texas summer sky, gives us a portrait of two people who have tried their best to find themselves by running, literally from home or mentally from logic and good sense. Long may that Electra run." —Austin American Statesman


“Parker deftly captures his characters’ uncertainties and hesitations as they struggle to move away from regret and toward the absolution they so desire.” —Booklist


“Parker is an assured and emotionally sensitive writer.” —Kirkus Reviews


Meet the author

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Michael Parker is the author of eight works of fiction, including his upcoming novel All I Have in This World. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Oxford American, and others. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, is an O. Henry Award winner, and is a Pushcart Prize winner. He teaches in the MFA writing program at UNC-Greensboro and lives in North Carolina and Texas.

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