Download Epub Format Ê The Most Fun We Ever Had PDF by ï Claire Lombardo

Download Epub Format Ê The Most Fun We Ever Had PDF by ï Claire Lombardo You know that feeling you get when you start a book and immediately know it s going to be special That was the feeling I had with The Most Fun We Ever Had and it was spot on books that follow a group of characters over decades have always been the kind that speak to me in a special way, namely, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer a gold standard that I ve held many other books to over the years From the beginning, I realized that Most Fun would be a new standard for me, Lombardo has a way with words and creating characters that just leapt off the page Told in alternating chapters between present day and past, beginning with the marriage of David and Marilyn Sorenson and taking us well into adulthood with their four daughters, yes that s five women for David to cont Many thanks to Doubleday for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewJust a couple of young women looking into their future, back in that nice soft space where they fit seamlessly together, before the world had grown so much larger than their grasp For a book over five hundred pages long, this severely disappointed me books that are this length are either a Stephen King novel or a book with a really good story Usually, a book this long means the author was made to choose between splitting their book into two parts of removing some chunks to make it fit into one It s strange that this book feels both too long and too short What I mean is, this thing is f king huge It s the thickest ARC I have Yet, when I came to the end, I didn t feel like I left with as much as I should have.
Don t get me wrong It was enjoyable to get a decent family drama I A Dazzling, Multigenerational Novel In Which The Four Adult Daughters Of A Chicago Couple Still Madly In Love After Forty Years Recklessly Ignite Old Rivalries Until A Long Buried Secret Threatens To Shatter The Lives They Ve BuiltWhen Marilyn Connolly And David Sorenson Fall In Love In The S, They Are Blithely Ignorant Of All That S To Come By , Their Four Radically Different Daughters Are Each In A State Of Unrest Wendy, Widowed Young, Soothes Herself With Booze And Younger Men Violet, A Litigator Turned Stay At Home Mom, Battles Anxiety And Self Doubt When The Darkest Part Of Her Past Resurfaces Liza, A Neurotic And Newly Tenured Professor, Finds Herself Pregnant With A Baby She S Not Sure She Wants By A Man She S Not Sure She Loves And Grace, The Dawdling Youngest Daughter, Begins Living A Lie That No One In Her Family Even Suspects Above It All, The Daughters Share The Lingering Fear That They Will Never Find A Love Quite Like Their ParentsAs The Novel Moves Through The Tumultuous Year Following The Arrival Of Jonah Bendt Given Up By One Of The Daughters In A Closed Adoption Fifteen Years Before We Are Shown The Rich And Varied Tapestry Of The Sorensons Past Years Marred By Adolescence, Infidelity, And Resentment, But Also The Transcendent Moments Of Joy That Make Everything Else WorthwhileSpanning Nearly Half A Century, And Set Against The Quintessential American Backdrop Of Chicago And Its Prospering Suburbs, Lombardo S Debut Explores The Triumphs And Burdens Of Love, The Fraught Tethers Of Parenthood And Sisterhood, And The Baffling Mixture Of Affection, Abhorrence, Resistance, And Submission We Feel For Those Closest To Us In Painting This Luminous Portrait Of A Family S Becoming, Lombardo Joins The Ranks Of Writers Such As Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, And Jonathan Franzen As Visionary Chroniclers Of Our Modern Lives Lombardo s character driven, eventful, tumultuous, witty, serious, gregarious, tragic, and infectious domestic dramady of a big Chicago family kept me fastened to the pages of this big, buoyant book Yes, it is a tome, but once you are installed in the story, it pulls you naturally along I cared and cringed and chuckled and cried with each of the four sisters and their parents and then there s the third gen of kids Each character was individualized and any one of them could have leaped off the pages How they lived and loved became all important to me as I folded myself into their days and years They crept into my heart it was like being a member of their family.
Marilyn Connelly and David Sorensen met in the mid 70s during their under I m a sucker for multigenerational family stories a la Commonwealth and this might be my favorite yet Lombardo s writing is stunning, so visceral yet beautiful that it s hard to believe it s a debut novel Her ability to depict the complicated and nuanced relationships that exist within families is wise beyond her years, the characters so sharply drawn you feel like you intimately know each of them At 532 pages, this book is not short, but I could have stayed with the Sorensons forever, so absorbed was I by this family No matter what size family unit you come from, you ll be able to relate to the complex, intricate, tangled relationships between siblings, parents, and lovers I highly and enthusiastically recommend this book Diving into a 550 page novel as opposed to, say, a 300 page novel is the difference between a dalliance and a full blown commitment You have to really like these characters to spend time in their lives and inside their heads for days at a time It may not be the most fun you ve ever had, but it has to be darn close.
So let s start here I liked the Sorenson family I liked its messiness, quirkiness, heartaches and triumphs And I didn t regret one single hour that I was immersed in their world.
Marilyn and David are the fortunate couple who quickly intuit that they re right for each other and present a portraiture of stability and passion throughout the years Their four daughters must continually strive to replicate that kind of love in the Such a fun family drama Loved it This is one of the best reads of 2019, bar none I am calling it this book will win all of the awards Claire Lombardo is the next Kingsolver Here it is in writing, in January of 2019, and I can t wait to look back on this and know how right I was Lombardo s debut novel is truly a work of art It follows the Sorenson family, consisting of Marilyn and David the parents , and their four daughters, Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace Each character has their own personality, truly distinct and yet somehow envelopes that of all families It felt in a way as if my own family were being described, in how different we all are but yet how we come together and find ourselves bound together by blood The story is told in flashbacks, as well as present day, chapter

The author of this novel is an old soul Lombardo deeply understands marriage, sisterhood and plain old ordinary family dysfunction which is present on every character driven page From the outside, the parents marriage seems flawless Naturally, from the inside it is not without its peaks and valleys However, it is based upon a deep and abiding love that seems to be unattainable to their four daughters within their own lives Each of the sisters has their own crosses to bear For Wendy it is a combination of fate and disposition Violet has sisterly assistance in bringing about additional anxiety and messiness in her life Liza is neurotic and indecisive while the youngest, Grace, is simply lost and living a lie of her own making Other than an event which I found hard to fathom, this is a realistic and intimate look at an affluent Chicago family as they love, laugh, annoy, clas An easy 5 stars for me This is about as good as character driven family sagas get I hope you have the ability to clear your schedule The Sorenson s will instantly grab you and won t let go until the very last page I love character driven family saga dramas and this one has plenty of everything A peek into a seemingly perfect marriage between the parents and the rollercoaster ride that is the lives of their FOUR daughters I think what I found so refreshing and relatable about this was how honest the depiction of their lives was It showed the good, the ugly, and the complexity of family relationships Siblings don t always get along and children don t always get along with their parents However, that doesn t mean that there isn t a loyalty and love there than lasts through everything This won t be a five star read for ev

CLAIRE LOMBARDO earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2017 A Chicago native and former social worker, she now lives and writes in Iowa City.