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The most fun we ever had

by Lombardo, Claire, 1988-

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"A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple--still madly in love after forty years--match wits, harbor grudges, and recklessly ignite old rivalries until a long-buried secret threatens to shatter the lives they've built"--
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Booklist Review: "When Marilyn Sorensen, a young college dropout far from her Chicago home, tells her husband's colleague that mothering her newborn is the most fun she's ever had, it's a flimsy cover for her isolated misery. Borrowing its title form Marilyn's lame line, Lombardo's debut novel accompanies the Sorensen family during a difficult year when a secret child given up for adoption years earlier reappears, causing relationships to sour and longstanding feuds to come to a head. It is also a family epic chapters taking place in the rough present of 2016 are interspersed with ones chronologically covering 30 years of family history, from when Marilyn first met her husband, David, in the mid-1970s, to the births of their four daughters and their respective teenage rebellions and adult tragedies. Though it resembles other sprawling midwestern family dramas, like Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections (2001), Lombardo's book steers clear of social critique and burrows into the drama of familial relationships. The result is an affectionate, sharp, and eminently readable exploration of the challenges of love in its many forms.--Maggie Taft Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Lombardo's impressive debut follows the Sorenson clan-physician David, wife Marilyn, and their four daughters: Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace-through the 1970s to 2017. David and Marilyn raised the family in a rambling suburban Chicago house that belonged to Marilyn's father. The daughters find varying degrees of success in their professional lives but fail to find the passion and romance that their parents continue to have in their own marriage. Wendy is a wealthy widow with a foul mouth and a drinking problem. Violet is a former lawyer turned stay-at-home mother of two young sons. At 32, Liza is a tenured professor with a depressive boyfriend. The baby of the family, 20-something Grace, is the only one of the daughters to have moved away, and now lives in Oregon. The daughters' lives are in various stages of tumult: Wendy locates Jonah, the teenage son Violet gave up for adoption years prior; Violet struggles to integrate Jonah into her perfectly controlled life; Liza is shocked to discover she is pregnant; and Grace lies about being in law school after she was rejected. Lombardo captures the complexity of a large family with characters who light up the page with their competition, secrets, and worries. Despite its length and number of plotlines, the momentum never flags, making for a rich and rewarding family saga. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Family secrets Fiction
Domestic fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780385544269
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