Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Every Last One - Anna Quindlen

I was very impressed by this well-written, character driven novel. The plot summary and description on the back cover made me want to read this, and looking back it was definitely my kind of read. A wonderful yet ordinary middle class family living happily together in modern day USA, with the usual mixture of happiness and everyday annoyances, we have Mary Beth Latham and her husband Glen and three teenage children, lovely daughter Ruby and twin sons Max and Alex. The twins are so different, Alex is athletic and popular, whereas Max is introspective and quiet. Ruby is on the verge of adulthood and thinking about how her feelings have changed for Kiernan, her boyfriend who has become like part of the family around at her house all the time, but about whom she no longer feels the same. A wonderful, normal family set-up comes across. Max begins to feel low and starts to talk to a therapist, and the family think things will work out for him.

Then, one night, everything changes forever, for the worst. What follows is the aftermath of this, dealing with how life does and must go on, and the shock and numbness following a tragedy, continuing to live despite immense grief.

This was a compelling, stunning read, I was so drawn into the characters and was incredibly shocked by the turn of events, but it made for a great novel. 


  1. It really is a fabulous read, isn't it? I'm surprised more folk haven't been reading it and recommending it. I have one of her other novels, Blessings, out from the library.

  2. Thanks for your comments Treez! I agree with you, I thought I would have been seeing more about it from other readers. I've got Blessings tbr too. Must get around to it as I enjoyed her writing style.


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