Every Last One

Every Last One

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times bestselling 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, 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 woman's 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400065745
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 23, 2018

This book deals with a mother's love for her husband and three children - a girl and twin boys. As we get caught up in the minutiae of their daily lives, where Mary Beth juggles her responsibilities as a mother and a landscaper we are not prepared for the violence which erupts suddenly and unexpectedly in Mary Beth's life. How she copes with tragedy covers the rest of this gripping book.

Apr 24, 2017

The mother that lost her two children and husband. Left with one son,

Apr 10, 2017

book club selection -okay read.

Aug 15, 2016

Wow - I loved this book. This is the first novel that I have ready by Anna Quindlen, I had only read her non-fictions books before now. While the plot line will definitely keep your interest, it's her descriptive detail that just makes the book shine. She's often describing the most mundane aspects of our daily lives - things we can all relate to - but in a way that makes the reader feel like we know these characters, as if they are our friends. I'm looking forward to reading other novels by this writer.

Oct 10, 2015

The story was OK but repetitive - it seemed to go on and on for too long before getting to the actual act of violence. The potential for disaster was obvious very early on and yet the victims seemed unaware of it. After the violence, again it went on too long describing the recovery of the main protagonist.

Jul 23, 2015

A fantastic book. About a normal family to who an unbelievable thing happens, and the after effects.

Feb 01, 2015

Really enjoy this author - this story has a big shock half-way through!

Jul 21, 2014

Strange book. It's written well at the sentence level, and it's good in terms of descriptions of family life, etc. Yet, I'm not sure what the author wanted to say.
At the beginning, the main heroin seems to have it all, but she is mildly depressed because her life is not all roses. At the end, she REALLY has things to be depressed about. So what? What's the redeeming value of this novel? What do we learn from it? That tragedies are random? We all know that -- just listen to the radio or read a newspaper. A novel (in my book) has to have a MEANING, which is not present in this book. Very strange.

mommyinmarch2007 Apr 20, 2013

Heartbreaking and beautiful. You start to feel like part of the family and share their loss.

Jul 02, 2012

Beautifully written, I love this author's style, this is a well-laid-out tale and one I will not soon (read: ever) forget! As the parent of a teen, I agree with others who've read this, it is exponentially more difficult to get through. Worth it, though, for the story.

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