40 Forever: Need a Good Cry?

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Need a good cry?

Quindlen, Anna.
Last One: A Novel
. New York: Random House, 2010.

Anna Quindlen’s latest novel left me sobbing to the point of gasping for air. For an excellent summary without any spoilers, click here to read Maggie Scarf’s review in the New York Times.

Here’s what the other critics had to say:

“Anna Quindlen’s writing is like knitting; prose that wraps the reader in the warmth and familiarity of domestic life . . . Quindlen starts to pull at the world she has knitted, and lets it unravel across the pages.”Nicole Brodeur, Seattle Times.

“It’s a testament to Quindlen’s character development and plotting that by the time disaster hits . . . the catastrophic consequences of everyday actions are truly shocking.” –Nancy Robertson, Washington Post.

Quindlen orchestrates her chorus of voices . . . with exquisite balance. She places the shocking event that changes everything — a moment that echoes the book’s title and is so stunning it made me gasp.” Jane Ciabattari, NPR.

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