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A mother.  A daughter.  A shattering choice.

From Anna Quindlen, bestselling author of Black and Blue, comes a novel of life, love and everyday acts of mercy.

"A triumph."
--San Francisco Chronicle

From the Paperback edition.

About Anna Quindlen

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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 September 1, 2010 by Random House. 315 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Ellen's father is so cold that it's hard to fathom how her gentle mother has stood him for so many years, and Ellen seems a little smart and a little old to still be reeling from the discovery that Dad isn't perfect.

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Forced to deal with her mother as a person and not just a parent, Ellen finds the 40-something Kate to be far more self-aware, complicated, and stoic than she ever suspected, a mature woman who has acquired wisdom that Ellen is intrigued to learn.

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The Washington Post

The Latham home seemed so safe and sound to Mary Beth that she was blind to the real danger lurking outside.

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USA Today

We had children instead."Those words come back to haunt Mary Beth when a heinous act of violence forever changes the simple life of the Latham family the life that Mary Beth, until now, has been thankful for every day.Mary Beth will never again say of her placid family life: "Every day is like t...

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First she introduces a vast array of characters: Mary Beth’s husband Glen, children Ruby and Alex and Max (these last two fraternal twins), Ruby’s friends Sarah and Rachel and Kiernan, Mary Beth’s friends Alice and Nancy and Olivia.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

The first half of the book is the prologue to the event and the second half of the book is about the impact of the event.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Amanda St. Amand Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "It's a testament to Quindlen's character development and plotting that by the time disaster hits early in the new year, the catastrophic consequences of everyday actions are truly shocking.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In One True Thing, the second novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen, Ellen Gulden is an up-and-coming journalist in New York City.

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Rolling Stone

Ellen learns much about Kate and herself during her time as a caretaker, and these scenes — vividly realized — ring truer than anything else in the film (Quindlen left college for a year to care for her dying mother).

Sep 18 1998 | Read Full Review of One true thing


Not long out of Harvard, Ellen Gulden (Zellweger) is trying to make a name for herself with a major investigative piece for New York magazine when she is informed by her father, George (William Hurt), that her mother, Kate (Meryl Streep), is about to undergo cancer surgery and that Ellen is neede...

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