When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are 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; 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. With the arrival of Jonah Bendt--a child placed for adoption by one of the daughters fifteen years before--the Sorensons will be forced to reckon with the rich and varied tapestry of their past: years marred by adolescent angst, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.
- Verlag: Penguin Random House; Anchor
- Seitenzahl: 640
- Erscheinungstermin: 6. April 2021
- Abmessung: 203mm x 131mm x 26mm
- ISBN-13: 9780525564232
- ISBN-10: 0525564233
- Artikelnr.: 58598251
"A rich, engrossing family saga, spiked with sisterly malice...[rendered] with such skill and finely tuned interest that it feels like a quiet subversion of the traditional family saga."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Ambitious and brilliantly written."
-Jane Smiley, The Washington Post
"If ever there were to be a literary love child of Jonathan Franzen and Anne Tyler, then Claire Lombardo's outstanding debut, which ranges from ebullience to despair by way of caustic but intense familial bonds, would be a worthy offspring...This is a novel epic in scope-emotionally, psychologically and narratively. Combining a broad thematic canvas with impressive emotional nuance, it's an assured and highly enjoyable debut."
"An assured first novel...The fun-well, that's in the reading of the novel, which nicely blends comedy with pathos and the sharp- with the soft-edged."
-Wall Street Journal
"The Most Fun We Ever Had is a remarkable first-time novel offering such an intimate picture of people's interior lives I feel as if every one of these characters is now a close friend. Lombardo has the remarkable ability to delve into people's minds so deeply that the most quotidian moments become utterly fascinating."
-Ruth Reichl, Los Angeles Times
"A wonderfully immersive read that packs more heart and heft than most first novels...A deliciously absorbing novel with-brace yourself-a tender and satisfyingly positive take on family."
"The big family saga of the summer, unfurling the fallout of a long-buried secret and persisting rivalries between four sisters across 50 transformative years."
"A sprawling, enchanting debut, this novel jumps back and forth across time to tell the story of one powerful, complicated, and utterly unforgettable family as they navigate love and loss."
-Town and Country
"This juicy saga spans more than four decades...You'll be glad this loopy family isn't yours, but reading abuicy read that always has one more surprise up its sleeve."
"Everything about this brilliant debut cuts deep: the humor, the wisdom, the pathos. Claire Lombardo writes like she's been doing it for a hundred years, and like she's been alive for a thousand."
-Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers
"In The Most Fun We Ever Had, Claire Lombardo has given us a truly unforgettable American family. The book bristles on every page with intelligence and fierce wit. What a debut!"
-Richard Russo, author of That Old Cape Magic and Chances Are...
"Lombardo's impressive debut is a gripping and poignant ode to a messy, loving family in all its glory. She juggles a huge cast of characters with seeming effortlessness, bringing each to life with humor, vividness and acute psychological insight."
-Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe
"What a splendid, spacious, gripping novel Claire Lombardo has written.