The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Most Fun We Ever Had

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A multi-generational novel in which the four adult daughters of a Chicago couple -- still madly in love after forty years -- match wits, harbor grudges, and 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'.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780385544252
0385544251
Branch Call Number: FIC LOMBARDO, CLAIRE
Characteristics: 537 pages ; 25 cm

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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.

OPL_BethS Sep 10, 2019

Nonlinear and told from multiple points of view which made it sometimes hard to follow, but I found this multigenerational family saga engaging and relatable. Marilyn & David's seemingly perfect marriage results in their children being unsure as to the strength and value of their own relationships with spouses and other members within the family. I especially loved Wendy's complicated nature.

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Jovitz
Aug 20, 2019

I enjoyed this book. As one of four sisters myself, I deeply appreciate how accurately Lombardo writes about the intricacies of sisterhood. She didn't gloss it over. The jealousy, the betrayals, the competition, but also, if you're lucky, the very real love. In the midst of an argument, my sister once told me, "It's not like we're Little Women". At the time it broke my heart. But over the years, I've come to appreciate her viewpoint and the reality of our complicated love for each other. No, we're not Little Women. But we have our moments. I enjoyed reading an honest reflection of what that looks like...the good, the bad, the ugly, all of it. Family.

HerrickDL_Laura Aug 19, 2019

A dramatic epic, following a Chicagoland family lead by a matriarch and patriarch who share an aspirational love. This dense novel is profoundly human and covers vast periods from the 1970's- today. This story unfolded in a way that kept me coming back for more but left me satisfied with the ending.

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darladoodles
Aug 10, 2019

Today I got to hear Claire Lombardo read a passage of her book before leading our book discussion. Thank you, Library Lovers! It was a treat and a memorable experience. I did love spending time with the Sorenson family for the most part and appreciated the character development as well as the complex structure of the book. My favorite "character" was the beloved ginkgo tree that was a mainstay in so many major family moments --its leaves featured on the cover. Unfortunately, for me the language was a bit too crass at times. We just do not regularly drop the f-bomb in casual conversation and neither do our friends. Perhaps we are just not "with it," but I was turned off by this aspect of the book.

ArapahoeAshleyR Aug 01, 2019

The author writes fiction how I want to read fiction: no flowery language for the sake of being flowery, and I truly care about the characters. I’m actually having trouble starting anything new because I miss reading this book so much.

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