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Quindlen hit a nerve with One True Thing, which captures an experience seldom dealt with in popular culture. (One exception: the sensitive 1996 film with Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio of the play Marvin's Room.) Though the heroine of One True Thing, Ellen Gulden, is a golden girl with two brothers who'll lose her career the instant she steps off the fast track, society concurs with her dad, who says, "It seems to me another woman is what's wanted here."
The book is a mother-daughter tale that should please fans of, say, The Joy Luck Club. It's not flashy, but it has a deep feel for the way children often discover, just before it's too late, who their parents really are. "Our parents are never people to us," Ellen writes, "they're always character traits.... There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat." The mercy-killing subplot isn't gripping, but the palpable sense of deepening family intimacy certainly is. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought the book was very good in a literature sense, but the subject matter was somewhat depressing. But overall I enjoyed the read!Published 6 days ago by Nancy A. Carter
If there were a higher rating I'd give it!!!! Was an awesome read.. No doubt in my mind that many readers can relate to much in this book! Anna Quindlen does draw you in.. Read morePublished 14 days ago by mzzanne
Anna Quindlen deals with many subjects that are difficult in an easy to read novel. Death and dying, hospice care, end of life decisions, caretaker burnout, and dysfunctional... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kpitts
FAR TO MUCH SELF-AGGRANDISEMENT. FAR TOO LITTLE HUMILITY.Published 28 days ago by Catherine W. Meibert
The story is dated, even for 1994. The characters are stereotypes; the cold English professor, self-centered daughter, egotistical law student boyfriend. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda J Zemke
A truely heart wrenching story that captivated me as it taught me so much about my own relationship with my mother as it did about sacrifice and family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sezzas3z
Good read but left with unsettling feeling about the relationship between the main character and her father.Published 1 month ago by Ligirl