May 1, 2019 (by Tara Repucci)
Mary Beth Latham, the narrator of Anna Quindlen’s sixth novel, is quite literally “Every Last One” of us. Her busy, amiable life in an idyllic New England town revolves around her happy marriage, thriving career and three spirited teenage children. First inflammatory secrets and family dynamics simmer beneath the surface. Then life-altering catastrophe ensues. If you’re in the mood to open your heart, gasp for air, collapse on the floor and wail, read this. This book is not for the faint of heart but it is absolutely one of the most soul-crushing and gut-wrenching stories I’ve ever read. And that, to me, is worth it. It is Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng and This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel meets A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold.
Best paired with chicken tetrazzini without the mushrooms and a big plate of brownies.