Every Last One by Anna Quindlen is a tragically beautiful novel that will tear at your heart and have you wondering if you ever really know the people who surround you in life and how it is that often we manage to miss what is in front of our very eyes. I’ve been a fan of Anna Quindlen’s since reading Black and Blue years ago and loving it and then One True Thing which was another that I absolutely adored. Every Last One will be another of hers that goes on my favorites list. This book captivated me from the very first page until the very last and what I remember most is how sad I was to see it end.
This novel is centered around the Latham family who are a pretty average family – happy, but with their issues. Mary Beth and Glen have three children: the beautiful and talented Ruby, the twins – the confident Alex and the not so confident and seemingly depressed Max. So when Ruby casually mentions that she’s going to stop seeing her boyfriend Kiernan, Mary Beth really doesn’t think much of it. It’s hard though to push someone away who has been a part of your family since the kids were young children and Kiernan is still friendly with the boys and even Mary Beth and Glen. Mary Beth notices that he seems to be much too focused still on her daughter but with the issues they are having with Max and his moods, she really doesn’t pay it the attention it deserves.
This is one novel that is difficult to review without giving anything away so I’m going to kind of skirt around the plot in a way. Suffice it to say you know early on that something terrible is going to happen. You can see it coming a mile away but you have no idea what it may be. I had several scenarios floating around and ultimately I was only half right. When tragedy strikes, it’s with such force that, as the reader, I had no idea what to do with myself. I was shocked, saddened and horrified by what had befallen this family. As Mary Beth tries to pull her family from the despair they are in you can feel all the emotions and pain she is experiencing. You can only hope they will make it through…
I find with Anna Quindlen’s books they all leave you asking questions of yourself and this one is no different. In Every Last One you are left wondering if you really know the people around you – even those you’ve known practically their whole lives. You wonder about your children; often what is going on in their minds isn’t what you thought it was and how, as a parent, do you keep on top of it? Mostly you are left thinking, long after you’ve closed this novel, how it is that a family, once torn apart, can ever possibly move on and rebuild their lives. Reading Every Last One will leave you feeling very emotional but it is with hope that you will turn the last page of this novel.
I read Every Last One by Anna Quindlen for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to see what others on the tour have to say about Every Last One. Stop in and visit Anna Quindlen’s website as well as like her on Facebook. You can purchase your own copy of Every Last one here in the US and here in Canada.
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My copy of Every Last One by Anna Quindlen was received for review from TLC Book Tours and the publisher.