Well, not literally the dustbin. As Ann tells it in the foreword to the current edition, her friend Maile snatched up the book in a used book store and insisted that Ann read it. Ann was so enamored of this novel originally published in 1986 that she agreed to write the preface to the new edition and carry the novel in her bookstore, Parnassus.
The All of It is the first of only two novels by pianist and music teacher Jeannette Haien. It was published when she was in her sixties.
At the opening of the novel, a gravely ill Kevin Dennehy shares a secret with his local priest, Father Declan. But the secret is only half told. It is up to his wife, Enda, to confess the remainder of the story after her husband’s death.
But Enda won’t “confess,” at least in the ecclesiastical sense of the word. But she agrees to tell her tale to Father Declan outside of the confessional. As a priest first and a friend second (distant second), Father Declan is opposed to the idea. In the end, he is persuaded and completely enthralled by Enda’s tale.
In this slim volume, faulty familial relationships are revealed, and future connections are subtly suggested. This novel makes me wonder why it takes other writers so long to get to the point. A tribute to less is more!