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Everything Is Fine

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 red 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—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.

book cover for Everything Is Fine, with three kids running on the beach

“Riveting...Granata writes with compassion, reflection and unsparing honesty.”

-- BookPage 


“Tender, emotional.”

-- People (Best New Book, April 2021)


“Although he writes of an unimaginable family tragedy, Vince Granata’s Everything Is Fine reads like a testament to life itself. This book will never leave you.”

-- Rachel Louise Snyder

(Author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us)


“A heartbreaking—but ultimately hopeful—read.”

-- Mental Floss


“Probing memoir of a family tragedy and the search for explanations.”

-- Kirkus

“A moving memoir that explores complex issues like grief, mental illness, and the role of family in one’s life and identity.”

-- Book Riot


“Harrowing and heartbreaking.”

-- Mandatory


“Haunting, poignant, and eye-opening, Everything Is Fine is a testament not only to a brother’s love, but to a family’s ability to heal. Granata is a cadenced, courageous writer you won’t soon forget.”

-- BookReporter


“In candid, smoothly unspooling prose, Granata reconstructs life and memory from grief, writing a moving testament to the therapy of art, the power of record, and his immutable love for his family.”

-- Booklist


“New Memoir Traces Writer's Journey to Forgiveness After Brother with Schizophrenia Killed Mom”

American University Magazine

"Healing Words"

The North Texan

"The Untold Story"

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