I must admit that I had a hard time putting this one down There was something about the characters and their story that really worked for me Eve and Daniella meet as freshmen in a small girls college in the south in the early 1960s Eve comes from a very wealthy southern family, and Daniella is half Jewish and comes from an academic family The story chronicles several decades of their frought friendship The novel doesn t really play out in the way one might expect given their backgrounds Rather than playing on stereotypes, the author gives them both distinct personalities that also influence their paths Eve has an extremist idealistic tendency, and she throws herself into everything with passion often to her own detriment and to the detriment of others Daniella iscareful and measured This brings them into conflict, but there is nevertheless a deep bond between them In later years, the story shifts a bit and focuses on their daughters a part I liked too, but not quite as much The end was not quite tidy, which was another plus as far as I m concerned I would call this a really good character study.One warning don t read this book if you have any issues with reading about animal cruelty There s one scene in the middle that s hard to stomach.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy. We can never be gods, after all but we can become something less than human with frightening easeN K JemisinBeginning in the year 1962, this story centers around two young women girls, really entering their first year of college Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Roanoke, Virginia, Belmont College prides itself in the beauty and brains their young women have The first of these two to arrive was Evelyn, Eve, who embraces Daniella in a welcoming hug when she arrives with her parents Eve manages to quickly bond with Daniella s mother over Eve s tea set, the pattern being the same as the set Daniella s Mother Scott left her Her mother insists that the two girls are bound to be a match made in heaven I loved the references to the clothing, the music, the shoes, the decorations, even the colour schemes that were included, all of that had me smiling even while I wondered when we were going to get to the 1960 s, those revolutionary years that birthed so many changes, some good, some not so good, regardless of the original intent It didn t take long for this to really pick up the pace, once a cause that hits home to Eve has less than positive results There were some fairly iconic events during that time, the War in Vietnam, the Freedom Rides were just beginning, MLK became a household name, sit ins for desegregation, and then later for anti war protests, clothing changed, hairstyles changed, and families who once were friendly stopped sharing their opinions JFK was shot, and then Bobby Kennedy, and MLK The Beatles brought a change in music, and music changed beyond that Music became a way to voice anger, frustration, distrust of the government, protest and also love as a solution On the other side were people who had been perfectly happy with life before desegregation, who thought the war was a good thing, and protested the changes, the attempts at changes in avolatile way, and soon, so did the other side Turbulent times tend to polarize people, and the further one of them goes in one direction, the other one tends to go in the opposite one Their friendship becomes, if not strained then perhaps less substantial at times over the decades this story covers, in part because they are no longer living near each other White manages to take these two very different women, their families, and bring them along with three decades of history to life in this mesmerizing story that was occasionally disturbing, entertaining, and yet retained a realistic and empathetic sense of the complexity of these relationships Pub Date 06 Aug 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by my Book Angel From The Author Of A Place At The Table And A Soft Place To Land, An Intense, Complex, And Wholly Immersive Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times Bestselling Author Multigenerational Novel That Explores The Complex Relationship Between Two Very Different Women And The Secrets They Bequeath To Their DaughtersEve Whalen, Privileged Child Of An Old Money Atlanta Family, Meets Daniella Gold In The Fall Of , On Their First Day At Belmont College Paired As Roommates, The Two Become Fast Friends Daniella, Raised In Georgetown By A Jewish Father And A Methodist Mother, Has Always Felt Caught Between Two Worlds But At Belmont, Her Bond With Eve Allows Her To Finally Experience A Sense Of Belonging That Is, Until The Girls Expanding Awareness Of The South S Systematic Injustice Forces Them To Question Everything They Thought They Knew About The World And Their Places In It Eve Veers Toward Radicalism A Choice Pragmatic Daniella Cannot Fathom After A Tragedy, Eve Returns To Daniella For Help In Beginning Anew, Hoping To Shed Her Past But The Past Isn T So Easily Buried, As Daniella And Eve Discover When Their Daughters Are Endangered By Secrets Meant To Stay Hidden Spanning Than Thirty Years Of American History, From The Twilight Of Kennedy S Camelot To The Beginning Of Bill Clinton S Presidency, We Are All Good People Here Is A Captivating Meaningful, Resonant Story Emily Giffin, Author Of All We Ever Wanted About Two Flawed But Well Meaning Women Clinging To A Lifelong Friendship That Is Tested By The Rushing Waters Of History And Their Own Good Intentions We Are All Good People Here is the story of Eve Whalen and Daniella Gold, who meet in college at Belmont in the early 1960s The girls are from contrasting backgrounds and the college experience is eye opening for both of them as social injustices and political events are revealed, changing their perspectives After college, Eve joins the radical movement and Daniella attends law school The story follows Eve and Daniella through their various paths in life over the years, with the final part of the book focusing on each of their daughters, Anna and Sarah I ended up enjoying We Are All Good People Herethan I thought I initially would The beginning was ok, the middle became boring for me, but then, fortunately, the final part picked up Recognizing there was a lot going on in the U.S during the decades of this story, I did feel like the book tried to touch on too many subjects instead of selecting 1 2 to give greaterdetailed focus The topics were relevant for the time period of the story yet I couldn t help but think What else will be thrown in next While there are many themes and takeaways, We Are All Good People Here reinforces that some ideas are subjective, it s easy to judge others, and there are multiple ways to partake in the act of doing good Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars Definitely a solid read for me.I definitely liked thisthan I thought I would I also really enjoyed the period it covered 60s 80s as it was timely, lots to compare to today s headlines and also educational for this child of the early 80s Eve Whalen and Daniella Gold become fast friends when they are assigned as each other s roommates in their prestigious, women s college in Atlanta during the early 1960 s They bond over shared indignation that the maids all colored live in the basement and are required to live with the students they care for, around the clock during the week Eve also stands by her new best friend when Daniella is shunned from joining the sororities on campus because she is Jewish As we move through the tumultuous times of the Vietnam era and beyond, both of their lives take a vastly different turn It is much later they reconnect and follow their lives and that of each daughter through the late 1980s I m not sure if I had a better reaction to this because I didn t live through this time period so a lot of it is new My parents who came of age during the Vietnam era and are about the same age as our main characters in the book didn t share a lot of their experiences during this time in their life with me All I really know is that they were against the war vehemently and that s about it So reading everything through the experience of Eve who joined a radical alt left group fighting against the US government was entirely new Also, extremely interesting and terrifying I also liked the earlier part of the book that took place during their college years because it gave a lot of perspective of the white, upper middle class South of which I haven t read too much of It piqued the little sociologist in me to read about something so foreign Where I found I was frustrated with the first half, I was thankful for in the second which is weird how that worked out I felt like I was kept at arms length from Eve and Daniella because so much is found out through the other person s perspective and time jumps rather quickly I wanted to learnabout what they went through each day and maybe spendtime in this part of the book However, in the second half, I didn t mind that as much maybe because I was used to it at that point and also because I appreciated it as the story wound down The book would have been well over 400 pages if everything was told at length Overall, I felt the writing was very good, I learned a lot of new things and I was never bored At a little over 250 pages, this was a great read and one I definitely enjoyed.Thank you to Netgalley, Atria Books and Susan Rebecca White for the opportunity to read this and provide an honest review.Review Date 8 13 19Publication Date 8 6 19 I seem to be on a roll reading historical fiction, especially books about the 1960s We Are All Good People Here, starts in the 1960s and moves forward, tracking two women that meet as college freshmen Despite opposite backgrounds, they bond So much of this brought memories flooding back to me White totally captures the times the racial inequities, the sexism, the politics At first, I worried that this was going to be women s lit, fluff and the characters would be caricatures But White surprised me There are some hard core scenes here, one of which caused me to lose all respect for Eve A respect I never did retrieve, especially as she seems to move from just following one man or another Flip side, I found Daniella to be totally relatable as she seeks to fight first the sexism and then, the racism of the day The story drags in the middle, as we veer from one generation to the next To be honest, I never quite regained my interest in the book after we move into the third decade It came across as just trying to tick off the hot issues date rape, acceptance of gays, the rise of conservative religious beliefs I m thinking this is a case of the author trying to do too much I can t help but wonder if I would have liked the bookif it had just stayed focused on Eve and Daniella and their earlier years My thanks to netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this book. 3.5 for this one, I ll round it up.Daniella and Eve meet when they start college and are paired as roommates at Belmont in Roanoke, Virginia 1962.They become the best of friends and end up becoming involved in the social issues of the time, Eve. becoming extremely radical.This is a multigenerational story, you will also see the coming up years of their own daughters It covers thirty years of American history, from Kennedy s Camelot through the Vietnam War and racial issues, etc.The subject matter I always like reading about because I was born in 1958, and lived through much of these times as a child but wasn t completely aware of everything going on in the world since I was so young.Thank you to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster for the ARC Although the time period is authentically portrayed, I am ending at 40% Can t deal with that cat scene, not only can t but won t Don t feel the story would have been any less had that been left out. You don t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows Bob DylanThat is, of course, until you think you do I m getting ahead of myself This novel begins in 1962 with the well worn trope of two girls from different backgrounds thrown together as college roommates at Belmont and become fast friends The writing is, initially, simplistic which I found off putting Due to an unsettling event, the girls transfer to Barnard and the writing becomessophisticated as the girls lose some of their naivet Nice device Both girls become involved in the civil rights movement during the seething sixties One becomes a member of a radical left wing terror organization and the other chooses a different path Throughout three decades the themes of racism, political unrest, faith and cultural societal norms are explored Sound familiar The voices of the main characters and their daughters are singular and realistic Suffice it to say that good people with good intentions can put into motion events that have catastrophic outcomes. No spoilers about the storytelling no specifics about the wonderful storytelling.More about how I felt.plenty to give a flavor of what readers are in store to read.I LOVED IT Belmont Roanoke, Virginia 1962I was excited to read Susan Rebecca White s novel the minute I read the blurb The eye catching book cover didn t hurt to pique my interest eitherbut when I knew for sure that I was in great hands by a new author to me was when I read this only 2% into this novel Oh, I m so excited to meet you I don t mean to be such a spaz , but I ve been looking forward to this moment all summer Wow.Rebecca Susan White took me back about 50 years For some of us old farts we remember using the term, you spaz.nothing politically correct about the slang wordSo, I don t mean to be a spaz , eitherwhen I saythis novel kept getting betterand better.Daniella wore a kelly green sleeveless shirtdress and a pair of Keds printed with watermelon halves KELLY GREEN a SHIRTDRESS and KEDS My goodness did the author find these clothes in my old teenage closet Daniella s shoulder length blond hair was teased flipped at the ends and of course a barrette Oh my I feel like I m 16 years old, again smiling down memory land before the internet.This book is MUCH MORE than Hersheys chocolate over vanilla ice cream, vanilla wafers, hot cocoa, tweed dresses, Peter Pan collars, Capri pants, cashmere sweater sets, and saddle oxfordsAMERICAN HISTORY WAS CHANGING..My heart, mind, and soul were activated reawakening feelings in me that had been dormant I mostly just want to say amen to this luminous book as a calling to us all..The memories kept on flooding page after page As Bob Dylan sang to the worldTimes are a changin.in American History..Susan Rebecca White captures visuals, smells, sounds, language, BUMMERSEXIST PIG, DIG IT , music, hygiene, style, families, education, injustice, racism, discrimination, black inequality, casualties of war, Vietnam, smoking joints, long hair, hippies, McGovern buttons, spanning history from President Kennedy s assassination to president Bill Clinton.I felt the anger sick over violence sadness and the confusion of the characters resistance to change especially the privileged..The lies of the bourgeoisie were disturbing.I felt like I WAS IN MISSISSIPPI during the civil rights movement The right to vote came. with worries..We look at morality, political choices, love, sex, free love, friendship, marriages, babies, divorce, deaths, and struggles of the times through the most wonderful intimate storytelling imaginable stunningly brilliant I actually cried from so much pride and enjoyment Literally my entire body felt the impact I couldn t resist I downloading Bob Dylan s 1964 hit release to The Times They are changin With little tears in my eyes I listened For my generation Life was neverconfusing, chaotic, and politically brutalthan this period of history Feelings of Melancholy..A message I took away equally true today Change would not happen without women who held power in the workforce.Thank you Atria Books, Netgalley, and Susan Rebecca White