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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

Critic Reviews

“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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The Power of Strength

Mary Beth and her son, Alex, have each other to give strength to the other when and if needed. There is a tragedy that binds them and will never be forgotten.

The novel, Every Last One, was written with such depth that I didn't have a chance of not becoming involved with each character. There are characters that I came to love, like and wanted to hate. However, each character is so well developed that as the reader, I felt that I knew them. I was able to find some good in all of them except maybe one.

There are many characters in the book but I was able to get to know all of them. Some novels have so many characters that I became overwhelmed. However, each character in the novel, Every Last One, had its place. I came to know them all.

The narrator was excellent and brought each character to life. I don't think that reading the novel would have brought the intensity needed to make the story real.

This novel brought to fruition a truth that I've known about and said myself, live and enjoy every day because tomorrow is not a given. This novel gripped my soul and has even helped me to understand all too well how precious life is.

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Every Last One. . .

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I would not have chosen this book if I had known what was going to happen, but I'm not sorry that I read it. It gives hope that with the help of skilled professionals and supportive family and friends, we can survive anything. The title was a brilliant choice!

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So bad I could not even finish!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is the first Audible book I have not finished. It was slow and the reading was awful! Save yourself time and money.

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Poignant and Powerful

Where does Every Last One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Extremely high

What other book might you compare Every Last One to and why?

Love Anna Quinlan. Another favorite is Elizabeth Berg. Both tackle tough emotional subjects without over sentimentality and are able to focus on the faith and strength of the human spirit.

Have you listened to any of Hope Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Hope Davis is an excellent reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Wow - so many. I think when I realized what happened to her family. I thought it was revealed in a particularly compelling way.

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Beautifully written and brilliantly told

If you could sum up Every Last One in three words, what would they be?

This is grace.

What did you like best about this story?

The simplicity of it. I can relate to the main character in every way. She seemed like she could've been me or a friend of mine.

Have you listened to any of Hope Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first Hope Davis performance. She was brilliant. Never overwhelming - which could have happened with the subject matter and kept me in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If time permitted - yes, I could have listened to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Very much worth the credit.

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  • CherylBee
  • PENNSVILLE, NJ, United States
  • 03-26-12

great read for every last one

What made the experience of listening to Every Last One the most enjoyable?

it was excellent. It really caught me off guard the way the story unfolded. I highly reccomende.

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IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE......

Not the perfect life, not the perfect family - ordinary.... like our family. Having all the normal ups, downs, sibling tiffs and mundane daily activities. However, compared to what's in store, this ordinary life was certainly one to be appreciated. I was drawn into Mary Beth's family, felt like I got to know each one and felt like I had a second family. Without giving away any specifics in the story, I can say that it makes you contemplate, appreciate & see your own life through a different lens. The author is WONDERFUL..... she makes you feel the pain, makes you experience the parting of the pain and makes you see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I FELT this story and that just has to be because of the superb writing and the definitely the narration (which was far beyond 5 stars). I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Scary then very sad

Having teenagers is a difficult and challenging place to be. I know I have a couple! To worry that a friend of your child is going to come along and murder your entire family is hard to fathom. I wept, cared, and thought this was a good book. Anna Quindlen can really scare you with her subjects.

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Narrator ruined this book!

The story was phenomenally sad, along with the narrator's performance. She ruined this book.

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Good, but incredibly depressing

This story is going to stay with me for a very long time, but I wish I could block it out.
It is well written and well told, although the monotone "bored" tone of the reader's voice gets a bit tired. It is appropriate to the story -- but it just is hard to take.
Overall -- if you want to end up feeling depressed and hopeless and you want that feeling to last weeks after the book is over, and you want the process of getting to that place to be well written and read, pick Every Last One. If you have other equally well written, but more pleasant alternatives, I suggest you take them.

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