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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.
This has to be one of the most depressing books I ever read, and I thought it would never end. On and on and on about the turmoil of feelings, maudlin and whiny, and uninteresting... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carol P.
I really enjoy Anna Quindlen's writing. This novel was sad and a little difficult to read because of content but she writes so purely and honestly that she enriches your... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Janice L. Roll
Too depressing! We have either faced this situation or will in our lives.Prefer a happy and uplifting book.Published 12 days ago by gin
Even better than the Meryl Streep film, which I highly recommend. A beatiful and value filled story. A must read and reread!Published 1 month ago by Barbara A. Dezorzi
Great read, a must read book especially for Strong Daughters overshadowed by father's and males! Truly enjoyed it and recommended it to friends.Published 1 month ago by Teri
Hated the book. Gave it 1star for getting it published. Depressing and why would you do an autopsy on a terminally ill patient that you knew what her illness is.Published 2 months ago by Diana Donahue
Lots of interesting twists. Characters clearly drawn and realistic--as if we knew them.Published 2 months ago by Mary B. Young
This book focuses on family relationships as well as the relationships of men and women. The book begins with Ellen sitting in jail accused of killing her mother Kate with an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy Crays