In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the number-one New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.
Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, one whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a womans love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another.
Ultimately, in the hands of Anna Quindlen's mesmerizing prose, Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we'd have to live but must be brave enough to try.
©2010 Anna Quindlen (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
“Spellbinding.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.” (People)
“We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating.” (USA Today)
This book was amazing. I listened to it while I ran and I couldn't wait to go running! Hope Davis is a beautiful writer and this book was so sad but so beautiful and mesmerizing. I might listen to it again!
I really liked the first half of this book. The set up to the tragedy was good-I cared about the characters,ect. And the actual event was very surprising. After that however, it was how one person copes with grief. Maudlin and not very original. Narration was good but overall I felt rather let down by the second half.
While listening to the first half of this novel, I became increasingly frustrated. It was well-written but boring. So many mundane and unsurprising details of married life with teens. Then something horrible happens and the rest of the novel is well-written but painful and sad. Anna Quindlen is a fine writer and Hope Davis is a good narrator, but I wish I hadn't used my monthly credit on this depressing book.
Great character development -- but the book is over written. The use of descriptive language felt at times like the author was trying too hard. An opportunity was missed by not doing more with the relationship between Marybeth and Deborah. That was the most fascinationg but, ultmately, the least satisfying story line. A good book, but a bit of a disappointment.
It has been several months since I listened to this book but it has stayed with me. I have read most of what Anna Quindlen has written and this one is tied with Deep End of the Ocean for trauma and survival. Hope Davis does a brilliant job of narration. Having just finished The Help, with 3 different voices, it took a little time to get used to one voice reading all the characters. I was at times deeply moved and saddened by the book.
I listened to it only in the car and became so engrossed at one point that I missed my turn( I was in the country) and drove several miles out of my way. This is not a 'pick me up' book in any sense. But the characters, the relationships and the descriptions are outstanding and riveting. I would highly recommed this book.
This is the first audible book that I have listened to that had me literally in tears. Quindlen has captured most of her characters beautifully - especially the children and their relationship to their mother and to each other as well as the main character and narrator - Mary Beth. The author's use of language and dialog is spot on. It is also one of the saddest stories that will stay with me for a long time. Hope Davis was an excellent narrator. I very highly recommend this if you enjoy poignant, human and tragic tales.
About an hour into this book, I was just on the verge of thinking it was too slow and the detail and minutiae of the Latham's life, which at first seemed like I was hearing every single day of it, was a bit too much. I was wrong- these details pull you into their lives, you become familiar with this family and you care about the characters by knowing so much about them. This knowing the rhythm and routine makes the event in the middle of the book devastating. I wanted the book to end differently, even though I knew that given the events that occurred, a happy ending wasn't possible. The characters are well written and defined as individuals, and Hope Davis gives them voice through her excellent reading. I highly recommend this book.
Gripping. Didn't miss a word. She really gets the human emotions. Great listen. Please get this book, it won't disappoint.
What a great book! It was so well written and the narrator, Hope Davis was so good.
The story took me completely off guard! I highly recommend this one. I haven't downloaded any books by this author before, but I am about to.
This is a very very depressing book, brought tears more than once, and made life around me very gray. I have teenagers and I found myself hovering a bit and challenging a number of decisions the main character makes. She's a lot like a lot of us who are middle class moms, at least until you dig a little deeper.
Anyway, if you like sad and emotional, this is a five-star book, well written and well read. Quindlen is a master at character development but a bit short on plot.
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