Anna Quindlen is one of my go-to authors. I read everything she writes and usually love her books. Every Last One has been on my shelf since it was published in 2010, waiting to be read. As expected, it was a great read.
Mary Beth Latham has three teenage children - twins Alex and Max and older daughter Ruby, a doctor-husband Glenn, and what appears to be every suburban mother's dream. She runs her own landscaping business, is busy raising her family, has a group of friends....life is good.
Although I knew from the title and reading the flap that something must happen to shatter this perfect life, I wasn't entirely prepared for it to happen. And when it does, Mary Beth's life is changed forever. With nearly everthing taken from her, Mary Beth must recreate her life and try to move forward.
Every Last One was easily read, quickly devoured. Quindlen's development of Mary Beth allows her to feel real, as though what she is enduring is not merely happening on the pages of a book. I should have read this book when it was published, but I find myself holding on to Quindlen's books, unwilling to read them immediately, knowing that once I read them, I will be left wanting more from her.