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. Best Download The Most Fun We Ever Had [ by ] Claire Lombardo [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – heartforum.co.uk

CLAIRE LOMBARDO earned her MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop A Chicago native and former social worker, she now lives and writes in Philadelphia.

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  • Hardcover
  • 532 pages
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had
  • Claire Lombardo
  • English
  • 15 January 2018
  • 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 turn...

  2. Angela M says:

    3.75 stars rounded up.I ll get it out upfront At over 500 pages, this novel is just way too long Granted, it s a family saga covering decades with multiple narratives of a husband and wife, their four grown daughters and a fifteen year old grandson who comes into the mix It felt like a made for TV series I was reminded so much of dysfunctional TV families like the one in Brothers and Sisters , where the characters are always in each other s faces, in each other s business all of the time or 3.75 stars rounded up.I ll get it out upfront At over 500 pages, this novel is just way too long Granted, it s a family saga covering decades with multiple narratives of a husband and wife, their four grown daughters and a fifteen year old grandson who comes into the mix It felt like a made for TV series I was reminded so much of dysfunctional TV families like the one in Brothers and Sisters , where the characters are always in each other s faces, in each other s business all of the time or maybe it slike This is Us because there is so much moving back and forth among characters, moving back and forth to various times in the past to ...

  3. 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 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 a combinat...

  4. 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 about this was how 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 unti...

  5. 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 The Most Fun We...

  6. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Another dysfunctional family book , 500 pages long, 4 daughters who are mostly annoying and unbearable, bring it on, this is one of the most challenging experience for me Reading Goldfinch was not challenge, it was long and all those amazing sentences needed to absorb slowly like sipping a cold, splendid, special drink which burns down your throat and awakens all your senses Reading this book was challenge like reading Black Leopard and Red Wolf But at least I mostly enjoyed this one It s Another dysfunctional family book , 500 pages long, 4 daughters who are mostly annoying and unbearable, bring it on, this is one of the most challenging experience for me Reading Goldfinch was not challenge, it was long and all those amazing sentences needed to absorb slowly like sipping a cold, splendid, special drink which burns down your throat and awakens all your senses Reading this book was challenge like reading Black Leopard and Red Wolf But at least I mostly enj...

  7. 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.

  8. Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters says:

    Audiobook.read by Emily RankinSynced with reading the ebook..Family saga.The messy, funny, sincere pathetic, flawed textured characters.were not particularly sympathetic characters, yet they are somewhat realisticImpressive ambitious debutbut at times I thought the dialogue was exhausting and tedious Other times I thought it was brilliantly fascinatinga little too wordy and definitely too long.the writing was witty, interesting engaging Audiobook.read by Emily RankinSynced with reading the ebook..Family saga.The messy, funny, s...

  9. 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 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 the pages How they lived an...

  10. 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 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 ...

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