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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.

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"In her latest, Quindlen (Rise and Shine) once again plumbs the searing emotions of ordinary people caught in tragic circumstances. Mary Beth Latham is a happily married woman entirely devoted to her three teenaged children. When her talented daughter Ruby casually announces she's breaking up with her boyfriend Kirenan, a former neighbor who's become like family, Mary Beth is slightly alarmed, but soon distracted by her son Max, who's feeling overshadowed by his extroverted, athletic twin brother Alex. Quindlen's novel moves briskly, propelled by the small dramas of summer camp, proms, soccer games and neighbors, until the rejected Kirenan blindsides the Lathams, and the reader, with an incredible act of violence. Left with almost nothing, Mary Beth struggles to cope with loss and guilt, protect what she has left, and regain a sense of meaning. Quindlen is in classic form, with strong characters and precisely cadenced prose that builds in intensity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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“Spellbinding.” The New York Times Book Review

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“In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.” People

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“We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating.” USA Today

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“Packs an emotional punch.” The Washington Post

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A moving, suspenseful, and surprising new novel by the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and Black and Blue, Every Last One follows a suburban family and the disastrous, unintended consequences of what seem like small, casual actions.

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is the author of five bestselling novels (Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue), and six nonfiction books (Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, How Reading Changed My Life). She has also written two children's books (The Tree That Came to Stay, Happily Ever After). Her New York Times column "Public and Private" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.

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Janna Mauldin Heiner, May 1, 2014 (view all comments by Janna Mauldin Heiner)
Anna Quindlen's writing is so simply beautiful so thoughtful, so gently evocative, it's easy to get lost in the quiet movement of this story and the everyday details of her main character's inner and outer worlds. As a mother, I sifted through the details of Mary Beth Latham's children's lives along with her, looking for clues to their worries and problems, seeing the same things she did, missing the same things. I took comfort in her awareness, was distracted by what she noticed. Like her, I was looking elsewhere, the real problem still just a shadow in my peripheral vision, when the story took a horrifying turn. Even that was rendered by Quindlen in a quiet voice, in small scenes and small details, even as the hugeness of it began to sink in.

What happens after is the exquisitely rendered human response to incomprehensible pain, and how we go on--at first, because we have no other direction in which to go; and then because we become aware that there are reasons for going on.
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proudbooknerd, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by proudbooknerd)
This story will break your heart. Especially if you have children and/or a husband. I don’t think it would have touched me quite so deeply if it was written 10 years ago, before I had my children. It still would have saddened me, but I don’t think the tears would be so hard to fight back. I absolutely LOVE this book. I believe Every Last One will be a book I never, ever forget.
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Misby, May 1, 2010 (view all comments by Misby)
Anna Quindlen knows a mothers heart and she knows teenagers too. I strongly identified with the mother character in this new novel--so much so that when the foreshadowed bad thing occurred, I was so devastated that I had to set the book aside. Just like the mother in the book, I had to make a decision to go on.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400065745
Author:
Quindlen, Anna
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Literary
Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.10x6.40x1.30 in. 1.20 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Random House - English 9781400065745 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her latest, Quindlen (Rise and Shine) once again plumbs the searing emotions of ordinary people caught in tragic circumstances. Mary Beth Latham is a happily married woman entirely devoted to her three teenaged children. When her talented daughter Ruby casually announces she's breaking up with her boyfriend Kirenan, a former neighbor who's become like family, Mary Beth is slightly alarmed, but soon distracted by her son Max, who's feeling overshadowed by his extroverted, athletic twin brother Alex. Quindlen's novel moves briskly, propelled by the small dramas of summer camp, proms, soccer games and neighbors, until the rejected Kirenan blindsides the Lathams, and the reader, with an incredible act of violence. Left with almost nothing, Mary Beth struggles to cope with loss and guilt, protect what she has left, and regain a sense of meaning. Quindlen is in classic form, with strong characters and precisely cadenced prose that builds in intensity." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , “Spellbinding.”
"Review" by , “In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.”
"Review" by , “We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating.”
"Review" by , “Packs an emotional punch.”
"Synopsis" by , A moving, suspenseful, and surprising new novel by the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and Black and Blue, Every Last One follows a suburban family and the disastrous, unintended consequences of what seem like small, casual actions.
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