Sunday, April 24, 2011

Every Last One

Well, here it is the last night of my last spring vacation.  It's back to school tomorrow for eight more weeks and then I'll be officially retired.  It's bittersweet, of course, since I love so many things about teaching but I'm also getting tired of it all.  And, just think, I'll have more reading time!

I read this book all week and finished it this morning with tears running down my cheeks.  This novel is intense!  It started out so normally but as I read, I could feel the momentum building.   I just knew something bad was going to happen but didn't know what.  And it was worse than I'd imagined.

Mary Beth Latham owns her own landscaping business.  Her husband is a ophthalmologist.  They have three kids: 17-year-old Ruby who is quirky and smart and was my favorite character, and 14-year-old twins: Max, who is moody and troubled, and Alex, who is an athlete.  Their home is filled with lots of laughter, friends, worries, and tragedy.

It's a hard book to write about because the bad thing doesn't happen until half way through.  Anna Quindlen does such a great job of setting the scene and developing the characters that when the tragedy stikes, it feels like it happened to my own family. 

I'm definitely going to read something a bit lighter next!  It is an excellent book and so well written but I need a break from sadness!


Anonymous said...

Ooohhh. This one is on my shelf waiting to be read. I'm now intrigued. ;)

Darlene said...

I'm glad that you liked this one Linda. I know it sounds weird to say you liked a book that's sad but you know what I mean. I loved this book and others of hers that I've read. I find she really gets to the heart of things in her writing

Enjoy your last weeks of teaching my friend!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

"Intense" is a perfect word for this novel. If you haven't read Quindlen's One True Thing, I highly recommend it to you. The protagonist's mother dies, and her daughter is accused of hurrying the process. I didn't consider it a downer at all, and it's my favorite of Quindlen's books.

Keep thinking "more reading time." Things have changed drastically since I started teaching as an adjunct at Chattanooga State Community College. I think you'll like retirement, too.

Kerry McKibbins said...

I read this last week. Really liked it.