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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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Beautifully observed, wonderfully read

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Misty
  • Holland, MI, United States
  • 11-12-14

I loved this book!

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

The narrator was perfect and the story was good too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main charactor. She was a survivor.

What about Hope Davis’s performance did you like?

You really felt like you were in the main character's head.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend it!

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  • Carol
  • Zion, IL, United States
  • 10-17-14

Every last detail is perfection!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Every Last One?

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.

What about Hope Davis’s performance did you like?

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!"

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

When her son Alex confronted Mary Beth at the psychiatrist's office about not grieving for her loss--it was acted perfectly!

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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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tanya
  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 06-16-11

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.

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  • Sheri C
  • Wylie, TX United States
  • 11-28-10

A well told story of love & tragedy!

A very sad story that could happen to any family. Well told in a way that kept me reading to the end.

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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.

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  • Patricia
  • Woodstock, VT, United States
  • 06-20-10

A Wake up Call to Parents of Adolescents

The story was riveting and familar turf for all that have experienced the "joy" of adolescence with their own children. While not all the issues are this extreme, there are identifiable threads throughout. And the exploration of personal responsibility, guilt, and forgiveness are very compelling. Great listen.

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  • Felicia
  • The Colony, TX, United States
  • 06-15-10

Emotionally Draining...

This is a very hard book to review because I refuse to give any of the story away. I will say this is an emotional journey of one mom and her family (moms, dads, inlaws, children, friends). It was a very good story and I needed kleenex a few times as my eyes teared up. I had never read an Anna Quindlen book but I will be checking out more of her titles. She is a very talented storyteller and writer. My only warning would be don't read the jacket and/or if you do please understand that no matter what you guess,you will be wrong (or at least 99% of people will be wrong).The story is so worth just going along with it and the emotional payout is well worth it!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Boring....!

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...........

2 of 4 people found this review helpful