What would you do if the life you have been living in the ordinary day-to-day of it all was suddenly gone? What if your own actions or inactions could be blamed in 20/20 hindsight? How would you go on? Could you go on? These are some of the painful questions that as readers we must contend with while making our way through Anna Quindlen's latest novel Every Last One. This book takes us into the lives of the Lathams, a typical family of five with all their plans and flaws, and asks us as readers to question the relationships we have with all those we hold dear. The main voice we hear is mom Mary Beth. She seems like the average mother who thinks that life will continue with some predictability...date nights with her husband...sports and other activities with her three children...family squabbles over the dinner table...concerns about her company's future...the list goes familiarly on. What ends up putting us in unfamiliar territory is what happens to the family. Without giving too much away, I would recommend this book. Quindlen seems to have a lot of insight into family dynamics even in trying situations.
Recommended by Cheryl Finnan