The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Most Fun We Ever Had

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

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.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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becker
Jun 29, 2020

If you like a good family drama that focuses on complex relationships and events within the family, this is a 4 star book. I had to knock half a star off because I thought it was too long. It was a great read and I would recommend it, keeping in mind that one fault.

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redtayres
Mar 07, 2020

As one who reads 99% non-fiction I felt almost embarassed to be carrying this novel around but something about the book's attractive cover and the words inside kept me plowing through to the end, embarrassment be damned. This is a light read (aside from the number of pages), almost an old-fashioned novel of a family with grown children. Nothing really happens but neither does it make for unpleasant reading. The characters and family are ones I enjoyed being around for a while. Now back to the non-fiction...

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Bookthia
Jan 06, 2020

This is a character-driven family drama story. If you are looking for plot-driven stories, this is not the book for you. If you like authentic, well-rounded characters who behave like real people in all their glory and ugliness, this is definitely a book for you. If you have sisters, there is a lot in this story you will relate to. I really liked it a lot.

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joeydog5
Dec 13, 2019

Way too long. Felt like I had been reading for a month. The same scenes retold through another character but most times the retelling didn’t add enough to warrant the time. After a while it became tedious.

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tegan
Nov 24, 2019

Enjoyable read. The novel centres around the relationships between the Sorensen family members: the parents, the 4 daughters, and ancillary characters. It jumps back and forth between when the parents were just meeting and raising their family in the 70s, to the early 2000s, when the daughters are all adults with lives of their own. As a non-parent, I found a few of the sections got a bit lengthy on details around pregnancies, birth and child rearing -- but overall the drama between the characters was engaging.

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booknrrd
Nov 05, 2019

The Most Fun We Ever Had is the story of a Chicago family of 4 sisters, Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace, over the course of 1 year. Interwoven into that story is the story of their past beginning with how their parents met. The sisters experience highs and lows and the revelation of a secret adoption 15 years ago and the introduction of that child to the family. It is part salacious fun and part typical family saga and very white.

This book was 4 stars for fun and maybe a bit less for writing. It seemed longer than it needed to be, and that's not just because we are all used to instant gratification. I am impressed with Lombardo's ability to keep a lot of plates spinning in the air though. I would recommend this book to people who like dysfunctional family stories, sister stories, and a bit of humor in their novels and aren't intimidated by 500 pages. I listened to this on audio, and Emily Rankin did a great job with the material.

IndyPL_LindsayH Oct 29, 2019

This book is unusual because it tells the story of a seemingly perfect marriage, but at the same time it is a tale of a dysfunctional family. Marilyn and David have been married for forty years and are still madly in love with each other. Their four adult daughters have not found the same idyllic happiness that their parents have. If you like family sagas this novel will hook you from the beginning to the end.

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alisyn
Oct 21, 2019

This was unnecessarily long, but still kept me turning the pages. I've read that a TV show is in the works...

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bhumikagoel2
Oct 10, 2019

pg 4

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Newmommy09
Sep 12, 2019

Meh. Could not finish although I wanted to, but when reading feels like a job, best to stop reading the book. Better books out there with complex family dynamics to sink my teeth into.

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JCLSallyK Mar 31, 2020

This book jumps around in time quite a bit. I was really anticipating enjoying this book but found it rather flat. The one element of the book I did find relatable was the siblings relationships and how much they reminded me of my own sibling relationships.

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