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)
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
A sad compelling story but after a while I wanted to say "get over it". I kept dozing off and I was driving!!!! No joy in the book whatsoever.
The first half of the book was ok. You get to know the charactors and things are pretty interesting.
That being said why is earth would an author spoil a good work with such tragic events. Having finished a book i always ask my self if i am richer from the experience. With this one i am NOT. Infact i felt very angry, even furious with the author for waisting my time getting to know these charactors.
At the end you were left with very little hope as well. I will not read another of this authors books.
This is a well written book and it breaks your heart as such a horrible event could happen to any on us. The hopelessness of the Mother is understandable but she had no Faith of any kind. She was alone in a world where she does not have to be alone. I missed the lack of one prayer, one act of asking for help outside herself and friends. There was no one that once suggested there is life after this earth because I believe there is help from God our Father-this book is truly about a horrible event that would take such courage to just go on and especially if you are alone without God in your life. This person lived just in this world without hope for anything but here and never once imagine she would see this sweet people she loved so much again. No wonder she was so empty- so alone- unreachable. I wanted to say to her- Pray sweet lady- He is there and cares for you.
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