So I did. And when I turned the last page of the novel last night I was so proud to have finished it before Thursday's book club meeting. Until I looked on the bookshop's calendar and saw the meeting was LAST WEEK. Er, oops. Where the heck did September go, anyhow?
Actually, I'm bummed, because this is the kind of novel that would make for explosive, impassioned, really good discussion. The novel is told from the viewpoint of Mary Beth Latham, landscape business owner and wife of opthalmalogist Glen and mother of teenaged Ruby and twin sons Alex and Max. Without giving away what happens in the book, I can say that there's a powerful change in tone and story that happens about halfway through.
|cover of the version I read|
"Every Last One" hooks you in with rich descriptions of domestic tranquillity, and keeps you while slowly revealing the rifts and heartbreak that lie beneath.
(NOTE TO MY SISTER: THIS BOOK WILL GIVE YOU NIGHTMARES ... you may want to stay away)
New York Times book reviewer Maggie Scarf said it better in her Oct. 16, 2010 review (which doesn't reveal the twist, either.)
NPR's Jane Ciabattari's April 21, 2010 review includes an excerpt.