Thursday, April 29, 2010
EVERY LAST ONE
by Anna Quindlen - available in hardcover
This is a very difficult book to review because I don't want to give away the storyline for anyone who hasn't read it yet. I've always been a Quindlen fan, and this book is breathtaking, literally.
Mary Beth and Glen Lantham are living what could pass for an average suburban life with teenagers when one of their twin sons becomes noticeably depressed. Signs of impending disaster swirl around Mary Beth while she tries to help Max with his depression.
What the book jacket calls "an act of violence" is totally shocking and changes everything for the Lanthams and the reader in this heartbreaking and poignant story.
When I finished reading this book, I just wanted to hug my family and keep them close. EVERY LAST ONE is the rare novel that can engage the reader to the point that you experience the same raw emotions as the characters; Anna Quindlen has done just that in this unforgettable story.
This is fiction at its finest and I highly recommend this book.