Every Last One

Every Last One BONUS This Edition Contains An Every Last One Discussion Guide And An Excerpt From Anna Quindlen S BlessingsMary Beth Latham Has Built Her Life Around Her Family, Around Caring For Her Three Teenage Children And Preserving The Rituals Of Their Daily Life When One Of Her Sons Becomes Depressed, Mary Beth Focuses On Him, Only To Be Blindsided By A Shocking Act Of Violence What Happens Afterward Is A Testament To The Power Of A Woman S Love And Determination, And To The Invisible Lines Of Hope And Healing That Connect One Human Being To Another Ultimately, As Rendered In Anna Quindlen S Mesmerizing Prose, Every Last One Is A Novel About Facing Every Last One Of The Things We Fear The Most, About Finding Ways To Navigate A Road We Never Intended To TravelLook For Special Features InsideJoin The Circle For Author Chats AndRandomHouseReadersCircle

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self help bestseller lists She is the author of eight novels Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller s Valley Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests

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  • ebook
  • 300 pages
  • Every Last One
  • Anna Quindlen
  • English
  • 15 January 2019
  • 9780679603726

10 thoughts on “Every Last One

  1. says:

    Raw Powerful Real Not for cynics or sissies If you have experienced a devastating event that has permanently divided your life into a Before and an After, this book will really speak to your heart I know it spoke to mine If you re fortunate enough not to have been through the fire, there s much to be gained here in understanding another person s pain and knowing how best to help them For maximum impact, it s best to know as little as possible prior to reading the book When I brought it home, I looked it up here on Good Reads The first review I saw said not to even read the inside flap of the dust jacket I took that advice, and I m glad I did I will say this The first half of the book seems like rather ordinary domestic fiction Soccer moms, summer camp, proms, upper middle class marriage In other words, not my cuppa I almost gave up about 100 pages in I kept going because I ve liked two of Quindlen s other books When you get to the second half, you ll see the reason for the relatively bland first half After the event in your life, whatever it may be, you long for the ordinariness of that Before time and resent yourself for having been so complacent On page 192, Mary Beth observes One of the worst aspects of living now on the far shore is that across the chasm I can see my glib unknowing former self I despise that woman, her foolish little worries and her cheap sympathies She knew nothing But I can t truly wish on her what I know now Every Last One is a book I will read again Meanwhile, This is my life I am trying

  2. says:

    4.5 starsI can t believe I forgot about this book Granted I read it over 5 years ago, but when I saw a friend had recently reviewed it, it all came flooding back.I remember after I read it, it was all I could think about for days..Mary Beth Latham is a devoted mother of three children Lately she finds herself thinking and about how fast life goes She feels like her children have grown into teenagers almost overnight Told from Mary Beth s point of view, the first half of novel is about the Latham family We learn about each family member and what happens in their daily lives I know that some people found the first half really slow but I feel that the author wanted the reader to really know this familybeforeWhen I first started reading this novel, the only thing I knew was that is was about a family tragedy I didn t even read the description on the back of the book.Honestly I don t think there s much I can say about it as I don t want to spoil it However, I will say that I was gutted by the events in the book I was an emotional mess Some people may find it too upsetting but I m still glad I read it It s a book that will make you cry, make you angry and make you think.This novel made me question the way I parent and also parenting in general How and when to discipline, when to intervene, when to let go and about a thousand other questions that came to mind in regards to the different ways in which we all parent Now that I m the parent of a teenager I question it even A Quote from the book I never thought anything really bad would happen It was all the good things that seemed real to me where they d go off to college and where they d live and what my grandchildren would call me The writing is authentic, the characters so well developed I was completely engrossed in this book from beginning to end This may be a hard read for some It is a tragic, emotional, and powerful read that you won t soon forget.

  3. says:

    Traveling Sister Read Review by NORMA, LINDSAY and BRENDA 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars for EVERY LAST ONE as this novel took us all on an extremely emotional roller coaster of a ride EVERY LAST ONE by ANNA QUINDLEN is a novel that can be compared to riding a very steep roller coaster The first half of the book was the slow chug up the hill, anticipation for the thrill to kick in, wondering when that huge drop is going to happen Once you hit the MAJOR drop at around the halfway point, you are in for a breathtaking, emotional, and page turning ride that doesn t stop until the very last chapter EVERY LAST ONE is a highly emotional, spectacular, and beautiful but yet disquieting novel that offers a deep exploration of family relationships and female friendships Sometimes I live so much in my mind that I forget what is before my eyes When we meet Mary Beth she is living a pretty ordinary, happy, and somewhat perfect life We get to know her daughter, twin sons and her husband though her perspective as she gives us a good picture of her life She is involved and connected with her children but yet distracted and unaware at the same time The things that make us human and sometimes even when we are doing everything right, bad things can still happen ANNA QUINDLEN does a great job bringing truth and understanding of human behaviour and emotions to this heartbreaking story that had Lindsay in tears for most of the second half of this novel.While the first half of this story did drag a little for us as it was all about character development it builds the backstory and gives the family history needed to fully understand the entire plot Then the second half hits you with a bang which makes you understand and appreciate the first half so much We all felt a satisfying sense of closure at the end of the novel.We all loved the main character, Mary Beth Her perspective and narrative was very relatable and powerfully written which made this an extremely enjoyable and incredibly great book for all of us as we had lots to discuss and enjoyed the conversation immensely All of our Traveling Sister Reads Reviews can be found on our blog

  4. says:

    Another amazing Traveling Sister Read with Brenda and Norma Once again, it was an honour to be included in one of their amazing sister reads I loved every second of it This was a great book to read together as it was very intense and sparked a lot of interesting conversation.4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars for EVERY LAST ONE as this novel took us all on an extremely emotional roller coaster of a ride To see our full Traveling Sister Review, please visit Norma and Brenda s fabulous book blog at

  5. says:

    4.5 Traveling Sister Read with Norma and LindsayAbsolutely loved this reading experience and loved the conversation we had sharing our thoughts Full review can be found on Norma s review or on our sister blog

  6. says:

    UPDATE 4 26 2015 I read this book years ago and had given it 3 stars at the timeI came back today to give it 5 stars My reason for changing it is because its very clear this book left a lasting impression on me A message in the book is strong It wasn t clear to me at the time it is now I HIGHLY recommend this book for MOTHERS who have daughters especially if they still have daughters living at home with them.I have many thoughts about this book but the most important is this I would NOT tell my friends Oh, you MUST READ this Book.without telling them a little about the story. then let them choose Its not a book for everyone and it might depend on what is going on in a person s life I had a friend say to me You should read this book, you have daughters HUH This book deals with a horrific tragedy no its not graphic but this is not a book I give to my friends, like Here ya Go.Have fun I read the book in a day in a few sittings I could almost see what was coming the first half of the book I wasn t asleep to the familiar type lifetime setup.Its a seductive story how can you not keep reading Are there messages Sure Did I like it I mean I suppose I did Did I need to read it I didn t It was well written I didn t feel manipulated like a lifetime movie might do but its a heavy plot handled with care and compassion by the author.but I know people who would NOT do well reading this book They would not want to re visit their own painful memories which this book very might well trigger Every Last One has a few strong messages Its a book asking to be discussed but for people who are clear they are up for the task.

  7. says:

    Blurb 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. What seems like a normal happy life for an ordinary family of two parents and three children, turns out to be something totally different when the mother s idea of happiness is exploding in her face She always tried to make everyone happy, but it turned out that nobody was happy The backlash of the events following a terrible tragedy, forced her to discover the rest of the icebergs hidden from the naked eye, which everybody managed to conceal for so long In order for her to heal, she had to understand the second personna in all her friends and family We all have them And we all hide it But sometimes it simply is not possible to do so, especially when the door closes behind us and we re aloneA compelling, thought provoking, heartfelt read It left me emotionally hammered, but hopeful.

  8. says:

    I recommend reading this book knowing very little about it I always read the cover and inside covers first and what I learn usually whets my appetite and rarely am I disappointed to have the information However, the inside front cover of this book revealed than I wanted to know Perhaps that s just me I don t know.Quindlen is a fine writer and a skillful story teller I learned so much about these family members and those they knew incredibly rapidly The story is beautifully written, without a single wasted word in it It was a pleasure to read.This accomplished writer deserved a better proof reader editor I found typos, misspellings, and once a sentence is repeated So, get your Kleenex ready If you have had any losses in your life, you re likely to get emotional when you read this book.I think that Black and Blue remains my favorite Quindlen novel, but this comes in a relatively close second And, her non fiction books and children s books are really worth reading too I look forward to reading every other book she writes.

  9. says:

    3.5 starsThe book starts off with the wondrous journey of marriage and children, along with all the trials and tribulations of raising those 3 teenage children Husband, wife, children, family, friends and neighbors all play a part in everyday life But as Ruby, the eldest and only daughter, and Max and Alex, the twins, grow, life begins to change, as life always does Their likes and dislikes change, their friends change, their dreams change At this point not all their friends are happy as they are left behind with these changing dynamics Ruby has a passive, quirky ex boyfriend who is not happy being left behind As time plays out everyone becomes aware that the decision to ignore this boy was the worst decision they could have made Another well written novel by Anna Quindlen Her story telling is everyday universal, but is so quietly powerful and stunning It is like opening the diary of a good friend and learning all the good and bad of their life.

  10. says:

    Where to start The writing was rambling and disjointed I got to page 80 and then went back to the beginning to try to make sense of what I was reading Didn t help.The characters, all of them, were cardboard cutouts with no emotional depth And none of them seemed to have their own voice Often after reading a sentence I d have to stop and thinkWaitWhich one are you again And the story line It moves oh sooooo slowly towards the climax of the book, and oh sooooo slowly to the finish A quote from Mary Beth, mother and narrator Laundry is my life, and meals, and school meetings and games and recitals.Every day, with few variations snow, minor illness, the failure of the paper to arrive, a lost backpack, a sleepover that s left us one, or two, or sometimes even three kids shy of the usual full set every day is like this Average Ordinary And that s what this story wasaverage and ordinary.

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