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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.
Brilliantly written story of love, loss and family dynamics. The main character transforms from a self-centered career-goal-setting young woman to a compassionate and caring adult... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Snowbird
This is a beautiful though depressing story about how family dynamics play out when one of the family members becomes terminally ill. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lucy M.
I love her style of storytelling. She develops her characters beautifully. The subject of this book was both poignant and heart breaking.Published 3 months ago by Kate Nobbs
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 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by gin