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Every Last One | [Anna Quindlen]

Every Last One

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    David CHAGRIN FALLS, OH, United States 05-17-10
    David CHAGRIN FALLS, OH, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Well Written"

    Loved the book and the narration was VERY GOOD! Any woman that has raised children will relate to Mary Beth. The second half of the book is pretty sad, but it makes you appreciate your kids for all of their faults as well as their perfections!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 06-24-10
    Dawn 06-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "One of the best I have heard"

    Excellent plot and character development.
    Because I knew something was going to happen (but had no idea what it would be), I hung on every word from the start. This book reminded me that nothing/no one lasts forever. The descriptions of loss and emptiness were authentic and the narrator was superb. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meryl H. Ruth CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 05-12-10
    Meryl H. Ruth CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 05-12-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Captivating, you'll need kleenex though"

    I loved this book though I found myself crying a lot while listening to it. I thought the narrator did an excellent job too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KYC Ohio 05-11-10
    KYC Ohio 05-11-10 Member Since 2008

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    "superb"

    The author created wonderful imagery with her words. The story is very sad but powerful. The narration was a perfect match for the story and the characters.

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    Joanne Cooper Layne 05-11-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Simply Fabulous!"

    If you love sentences that slay you, this is one for you. Unbelievable insights on friendship, family, marriage, guilt and rage.

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    Bonny 08-26-13
    Bonny 08-26-13 Member Since 2009

    Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.

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    "Family, tragedy, grief, and life..."

    I'm fairly sure that Anna Quindlen is the only author that could have done justice to the topics of family, tragedy, grief, suffering, and life found in Every Last One. I won't elaborate on the plot because it's best to not know too much about this book, as almost every other reviewer has mentioned. I can say that when daughter Ruby explains chaos theory to her mother Mary Beth, how the beating of a butterfly’s wings in Mexico could raise a breeze in their own back yard, Mary Beth's reply, “That’s kind of terrifying" is entirely appropriate. Quindlen explains how the smallest of events can have the biggest, most life-altering consequences, and she does it perfectly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 05-27-13
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting but depressing."

    This book was an interesting look at an American family, but it was also very depressing. The main characters were unhappy people, but they carried on in spite of their unhappiness. Strong in spite of chilling circumstances, they set a pretty good example of surviving tragedy. It was too depressing for me.

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    Tanya Kennesaw, GA, United States 06-16-11
    Tanya Kennesaw, GA, United States 06-16-11
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    "Captivating."

    This book begins one way & ends another...and it will draw you in & captivate you almost as no other. It's amazingly easy to listen to; the words flow so well & Ms. Davis' smooth voice is the perfect choice to narrate this incredible story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 11-23-10
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 11-23-10

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "needed a better editor"

    This was such a disappointment. Anna is a decent writer, not my favorite, this book suffers from too much unnecessary description of mundane boring life details. I think if she had a better editor it would have been less tedious. Then again, even if it was edited, the story is depressing and not very fresh or innovative. I guess every author has at least one good book inside them and hers in my opinion was, The one true thing, nothing else she has written compares with that.

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    Karen Holbrook coastal North Carolina 11-17-10
    Karen Holbrook coastal North Carolina 11-17-10 Member Since 2009

    Dixie Kangaroo

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    "too much detail"

    This is a story of an ordinary upper-middle class family who daily conversations and trivia are described in detail by an obsessive mother. Even when a horrible tragedy strikes the family near the middle of the book I still felt like a distant on-looker. It was difficult to relate to any of the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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