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)
Mesmerizing and deep. Well developed characters, rich story. Sobering and depressing but worth the journey. I couldn't stop listening.
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!
I can't say I disliked anything about this book. The narration was perfect. Hope Davis kept my interest throughout the book. Although I have never dealt with he type of grief Anna Quindlen describes, I was moved to tears so many times as I felt the pain of he characters. I particularly liked the manner in which the author developed each character; even the dog.
As a mother with children I could totally relate to this book as narrated by a mother. However, I don't think that is mandatory qualifier for anyone who reads the book. What I liked about the book is how it made me see how important it is to live each moment fully with your family. I cried my eyes out feeling the narrators pain and imagining my own.
Hadn't read anything about this book (or if I had, I'd completely forgotten what) before I started listening to it--a wonderful reading by Hope Davis. I'd recommend, as others do, that you NOT read much about the book before you start, and just take it on faith that Anna Quindlen knows what she's doing. I was perfectly happy with the first half's beautifully observed portrait of family life with teenage kids--though I understand why some people might find it a bit slow-going and uneventful. But then events do occur, and the second half is heart-wrenching and equally beautifully observed. Highly recommended, but if you've endured a major tragedy or loss very recently you might want to wait a bit.
The narrator was perfect and the story was good too.
The main charactor. She was a survivor.
You really felt like you were in the main character's head.
I am not the kind of person who wants to listen to one book in a sitting. If it's good, I want to stretch it out, so it never ends. This was that kind of book.
I highly recommend it!
This book is amazingly well written and absolutely worth reading. Prepare yourself, though, to be pulled into the depressing details of dealing with ( or not dealing with!) grief.
My most memorable moment of this story is understanding how the book got its title and realizing that it's true that all of our fears in life are tied to death.
I loved Hope's performance! Her ability to draw us into the mundane life details of Mary Beth and her perspective of her children, friends, and family while refusing to grieve was amazing. I wanted to jump into the story and "wake her up!"
When her son Alex confronted Mary Beth at the psychiatrist's office about not grieving for her loss--it was acted perfectly!
I loved this book though I found myself crying a lot while listening to it. I thought the narrator did an excellent job too.
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.
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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