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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.
FAR TO MUCH SELF-AGGRANDISEMENT. FAR TOO LITTLE HUMILITY.Published 8 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 13 days 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 19 days ago by sezzas3z
Good read but left with unsettling feeling about the relationship between the main character and her father.Published 29 days ago by Ligirl
This story rang so true to me as I just recently cared for and watched my own mother die. It was also very sad at times and the characters for the most part weren't overly goodie... Read morePublished 1 month ago by debbie moses
Based on my reactions and my awe in Quindlen's ability to evoke intended responses, I feel qualified to use the word "perfect". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Annie Hendrix
What an amazing story of true life. I have read this books so many times that the pages are bent and a couple torn. This is a classic book that depicts true life and real family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blueeyedshook
I enjoyed reading "one True thing" even though it left me feeling a little melancholy. I helped care for my dad as he descended into the world of dementia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanne r.