The Most Fun We Ever Had
Books | Fiction / Literary
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • “A gripping and poignant ode to a messy, loving family in all its glory.” —Madeline Miller, bestselling author of Circe In this “rich, complex family saga” (USA Today) full of long-buried family secrets, Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, blithely ignorant of all that awaits them. By 2016, they have four radically different daughters, 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; 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 unexpected arrival of young 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. As they grapple with years marred by adolescent angst, infidelity, and resentment, they also find the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"A very relatable story if you have sisters. This is a book on very unique turn of events from children who strived to have happiness that they remember in their childhood that their parents shared. But not everything is as easy as it appears."
"This is an easy read centered around a couple with 4 daughters. There’s some heartbreak and a little humor but it definitely keeps you wanting to find out what happens. "
"I loved the family dynamic. Their relationships with each other were so dynamic, and you had the opportunity to really under where each person was coming from. "
"I liked such a fun age too "
"This was my favorite book of 2019"
"Just such a real look at life and marriage!"
"This was easily the best book I’ve read in ages. Absolutely wonderfully written. The characters are well developed and it feels intimate to glimpse into their lives like that."