The Most Fun We Ever Had



The Most Fun We Ever Had 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 built.When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that s to come By 2016, 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 parents.As 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 worthwhile.Spanning 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. Free Download The Most Fun We Ever Had [ by ] Claire Lombardo [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – bluevapours.co.uk

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The Most Fun We Ever Had  By Claire Lombardo IBN : 0385544251 Format : Hardcover – bluevapours.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 532 pages
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had
  • Claire Lombardo
  • English
  • 17 March 2017
  • 0385544251

10 thoughts on “The Most Fun We Ever Had

  1. BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas) says:

    So this one was maybe a 3.5 read for me It took me almost 2 weeks to finish this 500 page family saga If I m to be honest I found myself bored at times and absolutely enthralled at others There were times when I put the book down and read another book in its entirety before picking this one back up Yet, I felt compelled to see it through and finish I could see glimpses of myself in Marilyn and that was one of the main reasons why I continued turning the pages The Sorenson family was m So this one was maybe a 3.5 read for me It took me almost 2 weeks ...

  2. Tammy says:

    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 The author of this novel is an old soul Lombardo...

  3. Michelle says:

    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 abo...

  4. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    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 t 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 indiv...

  5. Katharine says:

    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 a I m a sucker for multigenerational family stories a la Commonwealth and thi...

  6. Tucker says:

    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 Many thanks to Doubleday for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewJust a couple of young women looking into their future, ba...

  7. Jill says:

    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 wor 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...

  8. Chris says:

    My Lord, did I love this novel Imagine a perfectly crafted mash up of LITTLE WOMEN and THE CORRECTIONS Hilarious one moment, haunting the next, and always always so authentic and deeply felt Claire Lombardo has given us all a spectacular gift the Sorenson family.

  9. Fatma says:

    The Most Fun We Ever Had grew on me like a rash theI read this book theI grew firm in my opinion that not only did I dislike it, but that I in fact actively hated it Its bloated length 532 pages is almost designed to make its every fault as glaring and grating as possible i started listening to its audiobook at 1.25x speed and finished it listening at 2.5x speed so make of that what you will lol Here s a very extensive list of some of the things about Lombardo s writing that irr The Most Fun We Ever Had grew on me like a rash theI read this book theI grew firm in my opinion that not only did I dislike it, but that I in fact actively hated it Its bloated length 532 pages is almost designed to make its every fault as glaring and grating as possible i started listening to its audiobook at 1.25x speed and finished it listening at 2.5x speed so make of that what you will lol Here s a very extensive list of some of the things about Lombardo s writing that irritated the shit out of me Enjoy The amount of times Lombardo mentions how much Marilyn and David love each other OHHH MYYY GOOODDD we get itmarilyn needs david like she needs air to breathe david worships the ground marilyn walks on they have sex like 4097234 times a day and touch each other all the time and somehow communicate paragraphs worth of information with a single look and wE GET IT YOU HAVE MADE YOUR POINT PLS STOP The amount of times characters watch other char...

  10. Elysse says:

    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 ye 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 envelop...

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