Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
A Novel

75%

17 Critic Reviews

Quindlen understands human actions and reactions, deceptions and denials. Her emotional sophistication, and her journalistic eye for authentic dialogue and detail, bring the ring of truth to every page of this heartbreakingly timely novel.
-NPR

Synopsis

BONUS: This edition contains an Every Last One discussion guide and an excerpt from Anna Quindlen's Blessings.

Mary 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 travel.

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ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of three bestselling novels, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her New York Times column “Public & Private” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of those columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of her “Life in the 30’s”columns, Living Out Loud; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; the bestselling A Short Guide to a Happy Life; and two children’s books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York City.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published April 2, 2010 by Random House. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Every Last One
All: 17 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Dec 31 2010

The murders are too obviously meant to shock. Mary Beth’s guilt over a brief affair she had with Kiernan’s womanizing dad years ago rings false. And the outpouring of support she receives from friends and family is too saccharinely redemptive.

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NY Times

Good
on Apr 16 2010

It would be unfair to reveal what happens to the Lathams, other than to say that tragedy of an outrageous...The events leading to this catastrophe, and then its painful aftermath, make for a spellbinding tale.

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Publishers Weekly

Good

Quindlen is in classic form, with strong characters and precisely cadenced prose that builds in intensity.

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NPR

Excellent
on Apr 21 2010

Quindlen understands human actions and reactions, deceptions and denials. Her emotional sophistication, and her journalistic eye for authentic dialogue and detail, bring the ring of truth to every page of this heartbreakingly timely novel.

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Examiner

Above average
on May 13 2012

This is a rather innovative way of conveying such a deep and raw sadness. Yet, Quindlen gives us hope by reminding us that nothing is forever, not even pain.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Apr 13 2010

Readers will value this message in this impressive work from the subtly gifted pen and mind of author Anna Quindlen.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman Nicol on Jan 21 2011

EVERY LAST ONE is...a slow, inevitable progression, albeit a skillful and insightful journey into a mother’s love and dealing with unimaginable loss.

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Washington Times

Good
on May 21 2010

Miss Quindlen is a good storyteller and “Every Last One” is easy reading. The pace goes from the comfortable day to day, builds to a horrendous crescendo, then slowly evolves to an emotion-filled denouement.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Mar 31 2010

Anna Quindlen likes to tackle hot-button social issues in her novels, and Every Last One is no exception.

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LA Times

Above average
on May 10 2010

Quindlen conjures family life from a palette of finely observed details: the sound of the scraping of forks on Melmac plates, an angry teenager's footfalls.

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The Washington Post

Good
on Apr 14 2010

Quindlen succeeds at conveying the transience of everyday worries and the never-ending boundaries of a mother's love.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
on Jun 08 2011

...a substantial, chewy, sink-your-teeth in story that starts off so ordinary and ends up so, well, extraordinary.

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The Seattle Times

Good
on Apr 17 2010

Anna Quindlen's writing is like knitting; prose that wraps the reader in the warmth and familiarity of domestic life.

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Jacksonville.com

Good
on Apr 04 2011

Every Last One is an incredibly well written exploration of how an ordinary family copes with the extraordinary, and how internal and external expectations of how we are “supposed” to respond to grief both help and hinder that process.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Excellent
on May 01 2010

I have read every one of Anna Quindlen’s novels. Every Last One is, by far, the most compelling and beautifully written of any she’s written.

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Open Salon

Below average
on Apr 03 2011

What would have been radical to me would have been a story without such melodrama...Shame.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

This novel bears the real truth on every page and you can almost hear the sophistication in Quindlen’s voice as you enjoy each chapter in this sensational novel.

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