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3.00010530298253 out of 53.00010530298253 out of 53.00010530298253 out of 53.00010530298253 out of 53.00010530298253 out of 5 3.00 (15,859 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Hope Davis Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781442334014
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Beloved blockbuster storyteller Anna Quindlen’s powerhouse new novel, her first since the #1 bestseller Rise and Shine , confirms her status as an incomparably accurate and compassionate observer of families and the tragedies they face.

This moving, suspenseful, and surprising new novel by beloved author Anna Quindlen is about a suburban family and the unintended, explosive consequences of what seem like small, casual actions. Quindlen returns to the subject of family, and family in turmoil, a subject she’s explored with great success in all of her previous novels thanks to her insightful, compassionate understanding of the intricacies of human relationships. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spellbinding.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Packs an emotional punch…Quindlen succeeds at conveying the transience of everyday worries and the never-ending boundaries of a mother’s love.” 

    Washington Post 

  • “Quindlen conjures family life from a palette of finely observed details.” 

    Los Angeles Times 

  • “Quindlen captures both the beauty and the breathtaking fragility of family life.” 

    People

  • “Never read a book that made you cry? Be prepared for a deluge of tears.” 

    USA Today 

  • “A wise, closely observed, achingly eloquent book.” 

    Huffington Post 

  • “Quindlen is in classic form, with strong characters and precisely cadenced prose that builds in intensity.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Quindlen’s writing is like knitting; prose that wraps the reader in the warmth and familiarity of domestic life…Then, as in her novels Black and Blue and One True Thing, Quindlen starts to pull at the world she has knitted, and lets it unravel across the pages.” 

    Seattle Times 

  • “For all of Quindlen’s bold and invaluable insights into anguish and recovery, what stands out most are her charming and insightful portrayals of mercurial, marvelous teenagers, her fluency in the complexity of family dynamics, and her deep understanding of mother love.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Stefano | 2/3/2017

    " Anna quindland has a beautiful style of writing, and the story unfolds with its twists happening unexpectedly. Hope Davis does an excellent job bringing the caracters to the front with different inflections of her voice, tone and even accents, makes you feel you're right there. An excellent reading/acting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyssa James | 2/18/2014

    " I wasn't expecting the magnitude of the tragedy that happened. The last half of the book it's hard not to put yourself in Mary Beth's situation to try to catch a glimpse of how she must be feeling & how the reader themselves would cope if in the same scenario. Well-written, honest, easy to attach to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debie | 2/18/2014

    " Outstanding book, could not put it down. I haven't ready Anna Quindlen since "Black and Blue", now I remember just why I so enjoyed it. Ms. Quindlen's style of self-reflective musings and probing of the motherhood gene had me nodding and agreeing often. It's been a long time since I've been in tears by simply reading a book. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/22/2014

    " After the unspeakable happens - it is inevitably about forgiveness, family, living & loving - and ultimately choosing to live again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D'Arcy Cornwall | 1/20/2014

    " Wow...what a page turner!! So sad but an incredible story with characters that I felt I knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/19/2014

    " A sleeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/12/2014

    " Anna Quindlen's writing is such beautiful use of the English language. She can capture a sense, or a moment, so perfectly. In this novel, it is all about mothering and our connections to our children. It feels as if someone were reading my mind and was then able to condense my thoughts and feelings into concise and articulate words. There is not a fast moving plot, but the inner dialogue of the main character is so compelling. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arryn | 1/10/2014

    " Maybe even 4.5 stars. Anna Quindlen speaks with the voice of one who has been down a long, dark road and lived to tell about it. I don't know how much personal tragedy she has experienced in her own life, but I'm amazed at the wisdom and understanding that color each chapter of this book. As the mom of teenagers, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Mary Beth's exasperation. Over and over I wanted to underline little nuggets of wisdom and insight, but alas, I was reading a library copy. I loved this book. I love Quindlen's writing. (Although I will mention that there is some strong language.) Definitely a story that will haunt my thoughts for quite some time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2014

    " Sad story, but so well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn Silverman | 12/17/2013

    " A bit trite but wanted to see how it ended. A good one to read if you have don't have too much time to read at once and need to put it down for a week or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 12/5/2013

    " OMG. All I could think while reading the second half of the book was "I'm so glad this is not my story." I bawled my eyes out...the pain of grief was so real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanaka Hettige | 11/30/2013

    " It is a phycological ride in the point of view of a young mother having 3 children where the younger pair is twins. The climax of the story is totally unexpected senorio and it took me by surprise. Overall it's a nice book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 11/29/2013

    " Loved it - well developed characters and really felt as if I was MaryBeth. DO NOT READ ANYTHING THAT GIVES THE PLOT AWAY! The rising action was perfect and the turning point was predictable yet shocking. I felt the ending dragged just a bit,but not enough to spoil this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/16/2013

    " This is a great book, but it was a tough read during the second half. The second half is rather devasting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 10/12/2013

    " She is an incredible writer - emotionally parts were tough to read, but well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 6/12/2013

    " Ordinary people leading seemingly ordinary lives only to have it all fall down around them. Anna Quindlen knows how to tell it just right! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmel | 6/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this...her take on grief and children was really insightful..I look forward to reading more of her books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayla Wood | 4/17/2013

    " This book was just okay, it was a pretty slow read. About half way you git hit with a huge twist, and then it goes back to being slow. Definitely didn't keep me very interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jyotsna | 8/22/2012

    " Very touching, like Anna's way of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/6/2012

    " Heart-wrenching story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Torontow | 5/14/2012

    " Incredibly engaging and heartfelt story. Just not one I'd pick up if you're in the market for something uplifting, as that it is not. But a very well-written story that was a great audio read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/23/2012

    " I found it to be very emotionally intense...it kept me riveted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shonna | 10/15/2011

    " It was a real tear jerker. Slowly the story revealed itself. By the time I got mid way through the book I couldn't put it down. I had made a note years ago to read more Anna Quindlen and just stumbled across it recently. I will look for more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/30/2011

    " A perfect balance of sad and hopeful. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 6/29/2011

    " I read this book in a weekend. It made me sad, it brought out very strong emotions. As a mother to twins, I felt for her twins, especially after what happens. A very good book. I love Anna Quindlen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/28/2011

    " A little morbid and sad....
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yiotula | 6/23/2011

    " Beautiful writing but the subject matter was a little grim for my taste... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/22/2011

    " I couldn't put this book down. How does a mother survive life when her two children and her husband are stalked and murdered by a neighborhood boy. The intrigue of this story is what happens after the horrific event. How will the mother carry on her life with her remaining son, Alex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 6/21/2011

    " This started out as a great story...a little slow to the climax of the story. After the "main event", I kept waiting for the story to pick back up, but it never quite did. Not a bad story, but I was a bit disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 6/20/2011

    " Don't read the inside flap of the book-- it gives away too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 6/18/2011

    " This was the first of her books I've read, and I loved it. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/18/2011

    " This was a really great book that threw me for a total loop! I love it when books do that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/17/2011

    " Anna Quindlen has a way of pulling me into her stories, and I cannot put them down. I start out thinking it is kind of mundane as I watch how she combines everyday events with events that blow the characters' lives apart. "

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About the Author
Author Anna QuindlenAnna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One.
About the Narrator

Hope Davis has starred in more than twenty feature films, including Arlington Road, American Splendor, and Next Stop Wonderland. Also an accomplished stage actress, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage