Everything Is Fine

Everything Is Fine Review

In this extraordinarily moving memoir about grief, mental illness, and the bonds of family, a writer delves into the tragedy of his mother’s violent death at the hands of his brother who struggled with schizophrenia. Perfect for fans of An Unquiet Mind and The Bright Hour.

Vince Granata remembers standing in front of his suburban home in Connecticut the day his mother and father returned from the hospital with his three new siblings in tow. He had just finished scrawling their names in orange chalk on the driveway: Christopher, Timothy, and Elizabeth.

Twenty-three years later, Vince was a thousand miles away when he received the news that would change his life—his younger brother, Tim, propelled by unchecked schizophrenia, had killed their mother in their childhood home. Devastated by the grief of losing his mother, Vince is also consumed by an act so incomprehensible that it overshadows every happy memory of life growing up in his seemingly idyllic middle-class family.

In this vibrant combination of personal memoir and journalism, Vince examines the disease that irrevocably changed his family’s destiny. As he painstakingly pieces together Tim’s story, Vince begins the process of recovering the image of his remarkable mother and salvaging his love for his brother.

Written in stark, precise, and beautiful prose, Everything Is Fine is a powerful and reaffirming portrait of loss and forgiveness.

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  • Dave

    Vince Granata's memoir will leave you spellbound when you read it. "Everything is Fine" tells the poignant, painfully, seeringly honest story of what it's like to have a brother diagnosed with schizop...

  • Morgan

    Will stay with me forever. Thank you to the author who shared a personal tragedy with the rest of us. Hopefully the compassion and yet seriousness of mental illness is more understood ...

  • Zibby Owens

    The book follows the author's family's story and explores how they were impacted by schizophrenia. Most of the book involves his younger brother Tim who became ill right after starting college, and ho...

  • Kelly Long

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.This book is heartbreaking, horrifying, and very important. Vince Granata tells his story well. His br...

  • Rachel

    Everything Is Fine by Vince Granata is a very engrossing, raw, real, and vulnerable personal memoir and telling of the author's own experiences that kept me reading well into late evening.This is the ...

  • Claudine

    Yes, there will be tears reading this story and what is so special about the sharing of this grief is the poignancy, hope, keen insightfulness and awareness that reminds us of what remains of our huma...

  • jocelyn ?  shesalreadybooked

    Many thanks to Atria Books for the gifted ARC of Everything is Fine, by Vince Granata. This comes out on April 27.TW: murder, mental illness (schizophrenia), substance abuse This is a stunning and hea...

  • Cynthia

    This will be the memoir that everyone is talking about in 2021. Loss and grief are multifaceted things and, in this case, even more so. Vince Granata lost his mother in 2014. She was not the victim of...

  • Kristina

    Vince Granata's memoir EVERYTHING IS FINE charts a tragedy in his family that touches on mental illnesses, grief, and resilience. Vince is the oldest child in his family. His mother then gives birth t...

  • Tracy

    I’m DNFing at page 174. I could not connect to this emotionally and I have had no interest in picking up where I left off. I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher for review. ...