Book was so, so, to many mundane details. At times it was like being on a Face Book page which I find very boring. Your heart goes out to the main character (the mom) but after a while it's to much. Finished it though, kept my interest needed to know how it ended.
I love everything Anna Quindlen writes. There is (as John Irving says) an undertoad just below the surface of this book that kept me on the edge of my seat. I felt connected to all the characters. Even though the book is painful I wanted it to go on forever. The Lathams feel like a part of me now.
For the first several chapters, I wondered what was the plot of this book and almost turned it off. But then, the "incident," and I was completely absorbed in this to the very end.
Anna Q is my favorite columnist, but I have not been equally impressed by her fiction. That is, not until now. I will remember this book and the characters in it forever. It's truly hard to believe that this is fiction because the characters are so real. Compelling -- after listening, I also bought the book to keep on my bookshelf.
This book drones on & on. It almost put me to sleep in a busy NYC airport & I almost missed my plane.
Should have been a short story, does not have enough material for a book.
Wish I could get 1 credit back...........
Just a bit more to go till the end; will be sorry when its over. Just a good story, nothing more. This is one listen I have continued after the car ride was over. Snuggled under the covers with this one. The family struggles represent so many moments and feelings with which I can connect. Great narration.
For me to get into this story. Started off a bit too slow for me but it was ok once the 'event' happened. Could have started off a lot better to really pique my interest...overall it was ok...
I laughed - I cried. I was emotionally all in with this book from the first word! So easy to listen to....visualize.....
I can see why Ann Quindlen is such a well respected author. This is the first novel of hers that I have read. It won't be my last....actually, it no longer is my first. I think what I like most about the way she writes is how she says just the right words to express how the character would think. She is always in the moment. Yes, though she was telling the story of this particular woman's journey - she also put into perfect words how women differ in different friendships. I have been searching for just how she put it.
I can't imagine not giving this book the highest of ratings and appreciation.
I have no idea what happened, 4 hours in I wanted to off myself. The narrator had a horrible habit of cracking her voice. Reminded me of Peter Brady when his voice changed....
Don't waste your credit.