One True Thing
From Anna Quindlen, bestselling author of Black and Blue, comes a novel of life, love and everyday acts of mercy.
--San Francisco Chronicle
From the Paperback edition.
People who might consider reading this:
Husbands & wifes...
People who value education...
People who value family...
People who value community...
People who have ever cheated -have thought of cheating --or have been a child of parents who have...
People who question 'what's right' and 'what's wrong.....(are willing to consider that maybe YOU'VE got it backwards).
People who know 'somebody' who has had cancer
People who know people who ha ...more
Ellen has reluctantly quit her successful ...more
This book hit way too close to home for me on multiple levels. I lost my grandmother 3 years ago to Cancer, and my family moved into her home to help take care of her, eventually bringing in a nurse until we finally had to move her into hospice. I can't imagine going through this with my own parents and having these feelings and emotions illustrated so perfectly raw really took me to a whole new level of gratefulness.
Ellen comes home to take care of her mom (against her will) whi ...more
This book is one of my favorite books by Anna Quindlen. Many years ago I read Black and Blue by this same author and it was frighteningly realistic about what it feels like to have to change your name, live in hiding, constantly on hyper alert. Because restraining orders don't save lives, when they are not taken seriously, by habitual abusers. Black and Blue, if I remember correctly, was more plot driven than One True Thing. Both are written earlier in Quindlen's w ...more
You can read the synopsis for yourself, but in short Ellen Gulden is a Harvard-educated writer living in New York, on the cusp of greatness. Her father is a Lit. Professor and Ellen connects with him, more than her stay-at-home mother, Kate.
Kate is diagnosed with cancer, and with the urging of her father, Ellen leaves the city and moves home to help take care of her mother and the chores. The mind-numbing existence her mother leads quickly takes a toll ...more
To me, the best parts of the book are her descriptions. She paints very vivid word pictures. Once or twice during my most recent reading I was so take ...more
I got this because the girl I was into at that time was into this book, but I just couldn't get into it.
It was OK. OKish. Maybe it's great or maybe it's below average.
I don't know. I was too irritated even then with the company it kept, with whom it associated to enjoy it really.
Quindlen's Black and Blue is actually pretty good.
That one I did enjoy and even liked.
Don't fall for a good woman, you'll end up disliking a perfectly good novel as a result of your failure and shortcomings, of not l ...more
Early on I couldn't relate to Ellen the novels protagonist. She struck me as hard hearted, self centred and lacking in emotion. I couldn't understand her reluctance toward coming home to care for her mother during the last months of her life. During the months spent caring for her mother Ellen devel ...more
Anna Quindlen did a remarkable job of describing the losses that come with cancer’s inexorable march—losses that do not include the death of the loved one with the cancer. The loss of ability, of dignity, of a way of life, of t ...more
The book reminded me a little bit of The End of Your Life Book Club, although that was non-fiction and this is a work of fiction. But a young woman returns to the family home to take care of her mother as she undergoes cancer treatments and, in order to give her an "in" to her daughter's thoughts (they hadn't been very clo ...more
One True Thing is a powerful story about family, about life, about death; it leav ...more
""You" says Ellen Gulden's father, as he throws her stuff out on the porch after she suggests he "hire a nurse" to take care of her dying mother, "have a Harvard education, but you have no heart."
And so starts her journey back into her family (she quits her job in the big city), back to the mother she never really identified with. So starts her learning process--about human nature...not just about books, or concepts. So starts her lea ...more
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It's hard. And it's hard to understand unless you're in it. And it's hard for you to understand now because of where you are and what you're feeling. But I wanted to say it...because I won't be able to say it when I need to, when it's one of those nights and you're locking the front door because of foolishness about romance, about how things are supposed to be. You can be hard, and you can be judgmental, and with those two things alone you can make a mess of your life the likes of which you won't believe. It's so much easier...the being happy. It's so much easier, to learn to love what you have instead of yearning always for what you're missing, or what you imagine you're missing. It's so much more peaceful.”