All of You Every Single One: A Novel
From Beatrice Hitchman, an acclaimed and powerful talent in historical fiction, a literary novel set in a bohemian enclave of Vienna about love, freedom, and what constitutes a family.
Set in Vienna from 1910 to 1946, All of You Every Single One is an atmospheric, original, and deeply moving novel about family, freedom, and how true love might survive impossible odds.
Julia Lindqvist, a woman unhappily married to a famous Swedish playwright, leaves her husband to begin a passionate affair with a female tailor named Eve. The pair run away together and settle in the more liberal haven of Vienna, where they fall in love, navigate the challenges of their newfound independence, and find community in the city’s Jewish quarter. But Julia’s yearning for a child throws their fragile happiness into chaos and threatens to destroy her life and the lives of those closest to her. Ada Bauer’s wealthy industrialist family have sent her to Dr. Freud in the hope that he can cure her mutism—and do so without a scandal. But help will soon come for Ada from an unexpected place, changing many lives irrevocably.
Through the lives of her queer characters, and against the changing backdrop of one of the greatest cities of the age, Hitchman asks what it’s like to live through oppression, how personal decisions become political, and how far one will go to protect the ones they love. Moving across Europe and through decades, Hitchman’s sophomore novel is an intensely poignant portrait of life and love on the fringes of history.
Praise for All of You Every Single One: A Novel
“With a masterful eye for historical detail, Beatrice Hitchman’s ambitious new novel plunges us headfirst into the bohemian world of Vienna’s early 20th century golden age, as a sprawling cast of queer characters found themselves drawn into the liberal orbit of the city’s Jewish quarter in the search for romance, companionship, or simply independence in an otherwise unforgiving world....All of You Every Single One shines as a beautiful, poignant, and deeply felt tale of holding on to the love of the chosen families we create, even in the most adverse of historical circumstances.”
“Hitchman excels at capturing both the liberating permissiveness of turn-of-the-century Vienna and the city’s paralyzing fear after Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Austria... Her main characters are sympathetically drawn...engrossing."
— Kirkus Reviews
“A gorgeous trip across time and identity, through war and fascism, to show how people make new families and find ways to love each other.”
— Kate Pullinger, award-winning author of The Mistress of Nothing
“As Hitchman moves us across decades, we see Vienna, politics, and the lives of queer people, change for each of these characters... It's a novel about found family, the consequences of decisions, and how far we'll go for love — especially in an age of oppression.”
— Buzzfeed, The Best Books to Read in January
"This liberating novel about queer chosen family is beautifully detailed and filled with heart."
— Brit + Co
“With the delicacy and beauty of Flaubert, Hitchman tells the exquisite story of two women trying to make a life together in wartime Austria, and all the love, friendship and danger that implies.”
— Sophie Ward, Booker Prize-longlisted author of Love and Other Thought Experiments
“The tale of queer love, family, and freedom in one of the greatest cities of the early 20th century is eloquently depicted in All of You Every Single One by Beatrice Hitchman...Populated with rich and vibrant characters, All of You Every Single One is a stellar work that blends the best of history and fiction.”
— Historical Novels Review
“Beatrice Hitchman’s latest novel takes readers on a journey of love, freedom, and what defines family in 20th century Vienna...A touching and atmospheric ode to queer characters and their struggles during such a poignant time in history, we can guarantee you won’t put this one down until it's finished.”
“Beatrice Hitchman’s writing is beautiful from the start... The little community that built up around them caught me by the heart at once, and I found I didn’t know how to escape it. I also found I didn’t particularly want to.”
— Manhattan Book Review
“A gorgeous and deeply moving novel...Hitchman takes readers on an atmospheric and unforgettable journey.”
— Daily Hive
“For all its big themes, this novel never stops being tender. Hitchman has beautifully captured the ebb and flow of long-term relationships, from first lust to the pathos of familiarity . . . gorgeously written on every single page.”
— Katie Ward, award-winning author of Girl Reading
“The story flows with epic majesty . . . A rich and dynamic narrative expertly told; authentic characters skillfully shaped with genuine empathy; and beautifully crafted historical descriptions written with superb grace.”
— Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh