How quickly can one person’s life go from “normal” to tragic. Every Last One of Them begins with an engaging story of a family of five – parents and three teenage children – beset with typical family issues – summer camp, proms, soccer games and neighbors. Quindlen grabs the reader with interesting and believable characters. Mary Beth Latham is a happily married woman entirely devoted to her three teenage children. When her talented daughter Ruby casually announces she's breaking up with her boyfriend Kirenan, a former neighbor who's become like family, Mary Beth is slightly alarmed, but soon distracted by her son Max, who's feeling overshadowed by his extroverted, athletic twin brother Alex. As tragedy unfolds within the family, the tone of the book goes from fast paced upbeat to slow methodical healing. Mary Beth is forced to cope with loss and guilt and is able to find meaning in her new life. I found the book easy to read but hard to forget.
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