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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (13 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442334002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442334007
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,351,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Quindlen is the author of the bestselling novels Blessings and Rise and Shine, amongst others, and of the non-fiction titles Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud and A Short Guide to a Happy Life. Her New York Times column 'Public and Private' won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York.

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`Engrossing ... A spellbinding tale'
--New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The mesmerising and heart-rending new novel from the New York Times bestselling novelist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
The Lathams are a fairly ordinary American family with their usual share of ups and downs. Our narrator, Mary Beth Latham, reflects on her life, her husband and three children. Mary Beth has her own landscape gardening business but her life is firmly focussed on her family, so much so that she is oblivious to the impending disaster which will shake this picture of tranquillity to the very core.

This was my first experience of Anna Quindlen's fiction and I will certainly be coming back for more. She has a very deft touch at capturing family dynamics, creating extremely believable characters who might not always be likeable but are most definitely realistic. From the very first pages I was drawn into the world of the Latham family, sharing their highs and lows, experiencing their happiness and emotional turmoil, especially the experiences of the teenage children.

The less folk know about the plot, the better but suffice to say that this is an extremely hard-hitting novel which affected me in a very visceral, emotional way, I don't think I have cried so long and hard in years! If you're at either extreme of the emotional spectrum, cynic or perhaps over-sensitive, then you're best to stay clear. I think fans of Jodi Picoult would appreciate this novel, it doesn't have Jodi's usual moral dilemna but it does echo her excellent depiction of family scenarios. Anna Quindlen's back catalogue will now be swiftly added to my "to be acquired" list - highly recommended.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2010
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Mary Beth Latham is married with three teenage children. Her life is basically happy but it's not perfect. She loves her husband, but she also has days when she wonders if the relationship is lacking something. Her daughter Ruby has overcome an eating disorder and is a bright, challenging teenager who is rapidly outgrowing her first boyfriend. Twins Alex and Max are as different from one another as chalk and cheese. Alex is outgoing, sporty and seems to sail through life while Max is introverted and suffering from depression. Mary Beth works as a landscape gardener and has occasional issues with her mostly immigrant employees.

It is difficult to say more about the plot because it centres on something which happens about halfway through the book and I don't want to give anything away about what that is. It came as a shock to me and it should come as a shock to you if you read it. It neatly segments the book into "before" and "after", and causes the reader to reassess what they have previously read. Do be aware though that it involves an event which some may find upsetting to read.

This is the first book that I have read by Anna Quindlen. She has a lovely writing style which reminded me of Anne Tyler and Carol Shields. Mary Beth narrates the book and she felt like such a real person to me. Some of her passing observations on marriage or parenting were so spot on - thoughts I've had myself, but never articulated or had anyone else articulate to me. The book starts slowly and you wonder for a while where it's going, but it's so beautifully written that I was happy to just go with it and let it unfold in its own time.

I was taken aback by the plot development and enjoyed the second half of the book less than the first. However I finished this a couple of weeks ago but I'm still thinking about it from time to time, which to me is the sign of a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By davidT on 12 May 2012
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The first half (almost exactly) of this book is slow, deliberately setting the background of a middle-class American family, the Lathams. OK, they have problems, but not ones that are out of the ordinary for a family with three teenagers - a bit of illicit drinking, a modicum of teenage rebellion, that sort of thing.
This ought to have made me want to give up - so far, so ordinary - but I had the feeling that there was more to come. This was foreshadowed by the increasingly weird character of the stalking ex-boyfriend Kiernan, who became an ever more disturbing presence, and indeed there was more to come.
At the halfway point, the life of the central character Mary Beth is turned upside down in such a way that she can never be the same again. The second half of the book deals with how she comes to some sort of accommodation with her life, which she must make the best of, for both her sake, and that of the remainder of her family. At the end, although it would be too much to call it a fresh start, Mary Beth does at least seem to be adjusting to the new tracks her life must run in, and to be looking to the future.
So, pretty good on the whole, and quite an absorbing read. And yet - not quite. The background is filled in with such detail that all the characters are fully rounded as existing in the real world, but precisely that makes the occasional anomalies stand out even more. There were two main ones for me. The first was that Mary Beth and husband Glen are planning to renovate the room over the garage for son Max, but evidently haven't even gone to look at it for several months (the importance of that will become clear if you read the book).
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2011
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This is the second of the Richard and Judy Summer reads I've managed to get through, I always find that their list provides me with some fantastic new reading and this summer I haven't been disappointed.

From other reviewers I knew that this book was split into two parts; before some tragic event and after that tragic event. Coming into the book I had no idea what this event was and I have no intention of giving any further details that may give away spoilers (beware some of the Amazon reviews, they could completely spoil this novel for you). I don't remember how other people described this but I had the distinct impression that the event would involve one of the children, I found that this limited knowledge actually built up my anticipation and heightened the suspense, there were so many possible scenario's running through my head. Even though I knew that something was going to happen and I'd been building up to it, it was still a shock when it actually did and I was completely blown away.

Quindlen has a wonderful writing style, the novel pulls you through the minutiae of the Latham's family life, describing everyday happenings in such a way that they make you feel that you're a part of it. Some people have described the first half of this book as boring, I really don't think it is, it's not action packed but it is engrossing and I loved it.
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