Quindlen will discuss her latest book, Every Last One, an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions. Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother whose three teenage children come before anything else-- before her career as a landscape gardener and before her role as the wife of a well-liked doctor in town. Taking care of her kids and preserving their everyday routines are paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed and Mary Beth focuses her attentions on him, she is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a woman's love and determination.
Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we'd have to live but must be brave enough to try.
Quindlen's novels Black and Blue, Blessings and Rise and Shine were all on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Her work has appeared in some of America's most influential newspapers, many of its best-known magazines, and her novel Black and Blue, was chosen as one of the first Oprah Book Club selections. As a columnist at The New York Times for 13 years, Quindlen became one of the first women in the paper's history to write a regular column for its influential Op-Ed page when she began the nationally syndicated "Public and Private." She earned a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.
Free and open to all. Quindlen will sign copies of Every Last One, which will be available for purchase. For more information, please call Marianne Weill at 622-7933.