Author(s): Anna Quindlen
Mesmerising and heart rending new novel from No.1 New York Times bestselling novelist who has previously been picked for Oprah's Book Club.
Mary Beth has built her life around her close knit and much loved family: husband Glen, a successful ophthalmologist, their beautiful and talented 17 year old daughter Ruby, and 14 year old twins Alex and Matt. The Lathams lead busy everyday lives, filled with familiar domestic detail and only faintly troubled by Matt's recent diagnosis of mild depression, and Ruby's split from her long time boyfriend Kiernan. On New Year's Eve the family goes to an annual neighbourhood party and Mary Beth and Glen return home in the early hours happy but slightly the worse for wear. They go to bed only to be disturbed by the noise of the children and Glen goes downstairs to investigate. The shocking violence of that night's events shatters the family and Mary Beth is left to face an uncertain future and to try to somehow rebuild her life.
Every Last One is an unforgettable portrait of a mother and a family and of the brutal consequences of seemingly inconsequential actions.
Anna Quindlen is the author of five bestselling novels (Blessings, Black and Blue, One True Thing, Object Lessons, Rise and Shine). Her New York Times column 'Public and Private' won the Pulitzer Prize, and a selection of those columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of her 'Life in the 30s' columns, Living Out Loud; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; the bestselling A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Good Dog, Stay and Being Perfect; and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. From 2000-2009, she wrote the "Last Word" column for Newsweek. She lives with her family in New York City.