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Every Last One by Anna Quindlen Book Review


Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Goodreads Summary:

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Timesbestselling 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.

My Thoughts: (Kleenex Needed!!!)

Mary Beth’s life is unraveling but it’s real. And still safe. Until the unthinkable happens.

This one will reach into the far corners of your heart. It read like a Jodi Picoult novel in my opinion. Another good reason to give it 5 stars.

5 out of 5 stars

I hope you’re ready for this one.

15 thoughts on “Every Last One by Anna Quindlen Book Review

  1. You know, Shannon, I thought I was following your blog! Several times I actually got concerned, wondering why you weren’t posting. Meanwhile, I never put your blog in my reader! lol So glad I found you again lol 🙂

    • Hahahaha!!! I’ve been popping out one a day on average- I think yesterday was the 97th in a row! 🙂

      And do you see why I keep a headache all the time!??!? Too much thinking!

      • Bahahaha!!! It feels good to connect something doesn’t it?? 🙂

        Oh, and speaking of no brains- I couldn’t even follow the directions at the gas pump this morning when getting gas! 🙂

      • Oh, I KNOW it sounds funny :D, but—I’m serious!

        Next time, if you can hold your nose while doing it, it’ll help block the direct pathway to the brain (there is no brain barrier through the olfactory).

        When I was a kid and still healthy, I actually loved the smell of gas coming from the Texaco station I walked past on my way home from school. I eventually became chemically sensitive (due to chemical injury), and gas is a really bad exposure. Thank God I live in NJ and we don’t pump our own gas here, but I still have to wear a mask when I get gas.

        I’m not trying to be all depressing and foreboding, but it’s actually really important and unless you’re effected in the ways I am, you tend to not correlate. I didn’t either, years ago. I just want you to be aware 🙂

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