The Most Fun We Ever Had - Claire Lombardo

The Most Fun We Ever Had

By Claire Lombardo

  • Release Date: 2019-06-25
  • Genre: Literary Fiction
Score: 4
From 1,083 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK “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.

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  • Terrible dysfunction

    By despicto2
    Horrible book about a very dysfunctional family. The characters are unlikeable and the bad language is overdone. Stopped reading it 1/3 in. Reese missed on this one.
  • Couldn’t finish

    By Uncle folger
    What an obnoxious book. I tried to care about anyone other than Jonah and just couldn’t, and decided that life is too short to finish this miserable book about miserable people.
  • So boring

    By jh227899
    I kept waiting for something to happen but it was ALL description - and weirdo grandparents who couldn’t keep their hands off each other in front of their kids. Every single character was insufferable.
  • Amazing

    By CAC-B
    One of the best novels of the life and continuity of a family that I’ve ever read
  • Wow

    By Jamiam987
    Thank you for writing this book And for the characters and descriptions so vivid I could almost recognize them
  • The Most Fun We Ever Had?

    By Georgiagirl21
    Too long for the lack of plot and underwhelming and boring characters. The title really makes little sense and is only a bland reference to one scene that comes late in the book.
  • Loved it

    By jne212
    I loved this book. I thought it was a beautiful depiction of the aches and joys of a family.
  • My favorite book.

    By alexmoore615
    A read that is beautiful, heartbreaking, addicting, and real.
  • Immensely satisfying

    By JackieThinks
    The story reads as if they are all real people: flawed, loving, bitter, supportive, jealous, pitiful - as all families are. It’s a glimpse into a family life you wish you’d had but are at least glad you’ve experienced their joys and heartbreaks.
  • Idealized picture of traditional suburban family

    By Zhz113
    I agree with another reviewer that this book is about white privilege. Idealized view of marriage and foster care. Main theme is find your person in life to be complete, family bonds are forever strong, life is messy but all will turn out well.