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)
What a wonderful book. Sad, but not depressing and a tribute to the human spirit. Beautifully written and read. I would highly recommend 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.
I thought the book was boring at first, then I realize the techniques the author was using; building schema and providing great visualization before leading up to the climax. Once I got to the climax, I could'nt put the book down. It was like a craving to see how the story ends after a major event. Great author; she had me captured and I'm a hard to please critic.
Margaret in the Mountains
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the narrator. It seemed to take a long time to get to the critical event in the book, but the author used that time to paint an in-depth portrait of each character and to make me love Mary Beth's family. Be prepared for enormous sorrow and many triumphs. I particularly enjoyed Hope Davis's narration. It was masterful.
Since I didn't have a book jacket, I had no idea what was coming. I have never read such an authentic picture of a family and I was completely entrenched in the ongoing stresses of a family with teenagers. I did not find it depressing -- just very real. Excellent book Excellent narrator.
And I've never listened to a book twice.
I did not really enjoy this audio book, though i finished it, my overall impression at the end, was -a depressing book with way too much navel-gazing by the main character over minutia, enough already! would not recommend, although Anna Quindlen is a great writer this is not one of her best.
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