Every Last One

  • by Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by Hope Davis
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the number-one New York Times best-selling 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, one 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 preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a womans love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another.
Ultimately, in the hands of Anna Quindlen's mesmerizing prose, Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we'd have to live but must be brave enough to try.

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What the Critics Say

“Spellbinding.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“In a tale that rings strikingly true, [Anna] Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.” (People)
“We come to love this family, because Quindlen makes their ordinary lives so fascinating.” (USA Today)

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Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful

This is the kind of book that, if written by anyone other than somone with the talent of Anna Quindlen, would never work; but Ms. Quindlen is a master. I have read almost all of her works, and have often said that I have felt her compilations of columns written for newspapers and magazines were her best work,(she did, after all, win her Pulitzer in that category). But she has outdone herself with this latest effort. I am a mother of five, with a now-empty nest, and as I write this, this very day my youngest is winging away to Afghanistan, as a medic with the Army National Guard, and this book provided a catharsis for me, that I won't explain because I do not want to reveal even one iota of the plot. I am so very glad I opted for the audio version, as Hope Davis was absolutely masterful, she is a consumate actress.
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- Kimberly

One of the Best

This is probably one of the Audible listens that has affected me more than any other. I had heard that there is a major event that happens in this book and I purposely stayed away from any reviews so the plot wouldn't be spoiled. I was listening while on a long drive and had to sit in the car and keep listening when I got to a crucial point. Definitely a book you may want to listen to alone for the powerful emotions it will evoke. Quindlen got me very attached to her characters which made the entire book that much more of an emotional connection. Wonderful writing and excellent narration by Hope Davis. Very highly recommended.
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- Debby

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio