Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Every Last One

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 pr...

Details Every Last One

TitleEvery Last One
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

Reviews Every Last One

  • Jeanette
    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 p...
  • Deanna
    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 more and more about how fast life goes. She feels like her children have grown into teenagers almost overnight. Told from Mar...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    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 y...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    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, p...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    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 http://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...
  • Elyse
    UPDATE: 4/26/2015 I read this book years ago --and had given it 3 stars at the time...I 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 though...
  • Margitte
    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 ...
  • Lisa Vegan
    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 more 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 in...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    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...
  • Delee
    When I read EVERY LAST ONE by Anna Quindlen I was told by a few people that something terrible was going to happen, and to stick it out in spite of the somewhat slow pace of the first half. As happy as I was to get this advice I didn't need it, because I grew to love these characters through their day to day humdrum lives. I am grateful that I didn't know what that something terrible was, so I will keep this review brief-not to give anything away...
  • Ruth Turner
    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 think...Wait...Which one are you again?And the story line? It moves oh sooooo slowly towards the climax of ...
  • Tania
    A loose end - that's what we women call it, when we are overwhelmed by the care of small children, the weight of small tasks, a life in which we fall into bed at the end of the day exhausted from being all things to all people. I've read three of this author's books before, and absolutely loved all of them, but this was a long time ago. I'm glad to say that I loved this quiet and beautifully written book. Her writing still has the ability to hook...
  • Alecia
    I have enjoyed Anna Quindlen's columns in the past. I remember thinking her writing cut right to the chase, reaching the reader (or at least me). That was journalism. I know she's written several books since then, and I may have read one. But this one disappointed me. This was such a searing, intense subject matter to write about. I have read some of the reviews, and I see that some people were greatly moved by this book. In my case, I found it q...
  • Chaitra
    I've never read an Anna Quindlen book before. I'm not too sure I'll read one again. I don't want to go off on a rant, because it's very easy for me to do that with such so-called "life affirming" books. But, this novel tries to manipulate my emotions by blatant tragedy, those that I don't feel by the writing that came before that, and I don't enjoy that. I read it fast though, and for that I give it two stars. The plot is this. Mary Beth Latham i...
  • Jenny
    Every Last One is about Mary Beth and Glen Lathan and their children. Mary Beth Lathan thought she was living a normal life with her husband Glen and their three children Ruby, Alex and Max. However, this was not the case. Mary Beth Lathan life was turned upside down when an ex-neighbour son came back to town. The readers of Every Last One will continue to follow to see what happens to Mary Beth Lathan and her family.Every Last One is the first b...
  • Kathy
    Compelling story! I use this phrase sparingly, as the story has to be one that completely ensconces me into its plot line and characters. Every Last One accomplishes that to perfection. Quindlen has an amazing talent for developing characters in which the reader becomes emotionally invested. I don't want to sound trite, but the characters really do come alive for the reader. Quindlen also has quite the knack for writing about an important issue t...
  • Brenda
    Mary Beth Latham lived at home with her husband Glen, eldest child Ruby and twins Max and Alex, and while life was “normal” the fact that three teenagers lived under their roof proved on a day by day basis that things were far from “normal”. Mary Beth was devoted to her family – she also ran a business as a landscape gardener, while Glen was an eye specialist. Ruby was preparing for the prom in the way all teenage girls do – drama que...
  • Laurel
    This was my first Quindlen book. I became curious about her after reading her high praise of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones (another book I didn't particularly enjoy). It's sort of funny because I felt these two books were quite similar in tone and even (partly) in subject matter. Every Last One is hard to describe without giving too much away, but it deals quite intensely with issues of death, tragedy, depression and grief. In that sense, it's ...
  • Tiffy_Reads
    This is a heartbreaking gut wrenching tale of what happens when you're the survivor of a horrific tragic event. Mary Beth, mother of 3 is living life as a normal wife and mother when her whole world is turned upside down. Can she cope? This novel is beautifully written and brought tears to my eyes.
  • Diane Chamberlain
    Beautifully written. Not much happens in the first half, yet I was engaged from the start because Quindlen made me want to know her characters. She drew them so realistically, they felt like my neighbors which makes what happens to all of them that much more devastating. You often wonder how someone can go on living after a tragedy. Quindlen has taken on the challenge of exploring exactly that, with compassion, heart and skill.
  • Marcia
    The first half of Every Last One by Anna Quindlen is best described with the adjective quotidian. Mary Beth Latham and her family (husband, Glen; daughter, Ruby; twin sons, Alex and Max) go through the daily routine so familiar to anyone who has had kids in middle school and high school and who remembers (fondly or not) the soccer games and practices, the having to be at opposite ends of the town at the exact same time, the crises of young love, ...
  • Amy
    Just before one of my favorite indie bookstores closed its doors for good, I went on a book-buying spree. This was one of the books I got, picked without even reading the back cover, simply because I've liked much of Quindlen's works. Once I started reading, I almost put it down; I could see horrific disaster looming. I just wasn't sure how I'd handle that type of personal tragedy, even though it's been almost 2 years since my family's fatal nigh...
  • Diane
    A few friends had mentioned that they thought Every Last One: A Novel was an excellent, so I decided to give it a try. I wish I had passed; here's why:It's a story about a mother, Mary Beth Latham, who is totally devoted to her (3) teenage children. Even her husband Glen, an Opthamologist, feels she is to involved in the daily lives of twins Alex and Max, polar opposites. Alex excels in sports and is very outgoing, and Max is quiet and obviously ...
  • Lara
    Anna Quindlen should fire her editor. She used the term 'abstracted' until page 190 and then substituted it for 'distracted' for the rest of the book. Given the context, I'm fairly sure she should have been using 'distracted' throughout. There are a few other weird words that she uses. Can a character be 'agnostic' about the word 'shrink'? Seems like he should be 'undecided' or 'ambivalent'. I forgive Alex his misuse of 'dubious' because he's a t...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    I got this from the library and have really tried to get into it but just found it really dull and boring. By 45% nothing was really happening and the characters and plot fell flat for me (what plot?). I know a big tragedy happens halfway through this and perhaps it gets better but it was so incredibly slow I lost interest even knowing what it was sadly. I tried and persisted and skimmed some pages but eventually gave up on this one. The writing ...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    This book was extremely disturbing and sad (not in a Stephen King sort of a way). I actually had to take a break from it for a couple of days because of what happens in the middle of the book. It's not for everyone so be forewarned. I will not give anything away but it deals with love and loss. It's brutal.
  • Heather
    I liked it. I was prepared not to. I was prepared to pick it apart and be disappointed (as I have with many Jodi Picoult books). In the first half of the book, I kept wondering what would happen. I mean, here I was reading about my dream life--the fantasy I've always had: the colonial or farmhouse in New England with the big trees; the kids coming and going; me relaxed but doing something other than just being a mom; the sense of security; etc......
  • Jlaurenmc
    I hate to post in less than a week's time that I abandoned yet another book. I'm especially pained to admit that I stopped reading Anna Quindlen's latest novel Every Last One. And yet here I am, telling you exactly that. The truth is, my reading life is simply too full -- there are too many fabulous reads out in the vast space that is this world -- for me to spend time reading books I don't enjoy. So, after reading Every Last One more than halfwa...
  • K
    The first half of "Every Last One" reads like a slice-of-life novel with no visible plot. We live the minutiae of a suburban family with three teenagers; jobs, friends, ups and downs. One brother is depressed for no apparent reason and starts seeing a therapist; the sister’s newly rejected boyfriend is having trouble getting over her and hangs around too much. The family is neither extraordinarily happy nor extraordinarily dysfunctional, simply...
  • Karen
    I have to be honest. This is my second time around with Every Last One by Anna Quindlan. The first time I was reading it and got to a certain point I gave up on it. Put it in the recycle bin. It was recently recommended highly by a good friend that I trust, so I decided to buy it again First Edition and signed by the author. Once again I started reading it and got the deja vu feeling. Nothing is happening to this family. Everything seems as the l...