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Der größte Spaß, den wir je hatten

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Wie hält man das Glück der eigenen Eltern aus?

Vierzig glückliche Ehejahre: Für die vier erwachsenen Sorenson-Schwestern sind ihre Eltern ein nahezu unerreichbares Vorbild – und eine ständige Provokation! Wendy, früh verwitwet, tröstet sich mit Alkohol und jungen Männern. Violet mutiert von der Prozessanwältin zur Vollzeitmutter. Liza, eine der jüngsten Professorinnen des Land/>

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Kindle Edition, 720 pages
Published September 20th 2019 by dtv Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (first published June 25th 2019)
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Mbg This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. A BIT confusing in the beginning, many characters, but it didn’t take long to follow. Maybe…moreThis was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. A BIT confusing in the beginning, many characters, but it didn’t take long to follow. Maybe you have to be married many years, go thru having infant children, teens to adult children, to fully appreciate how well the author can describe the reality of those feelings, going thru those times.
Funny, recently, I suggested the book to my sister, we usually have similar taste in books. She stopped reading it after the first few chapters. But, she is single with no children. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed and could relate? (less)
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BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
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 turning the pages.

The Sorenson family was m
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Angela M
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
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Tammy
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michelle
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 h
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Fatma
The Most Fun We Ever Had grew on me like a rash: the more I read this book the more I 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 i/>
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Chris
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
Audiobook....read by Emily Rankin...
Synced with reading the ebook.

....Family saga

....The messy, funny, sincere & pathetic, flawed & textured characters....were not particularly sympathetic characters, yet they are somewhat realistic.

....Impressive ambitious debut...but at times I thought the dialogue was exhausting and tedious. Other times I thought it was brilliantly fascinating.

....a little too wordy
and definitely too long...
....the writing was wi
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switterbug (Betsey)
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 t ...more
Katharine
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 a ...more
Tucker
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tucker by: Doubleday Books

Many thanks to Doubleday for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Just a couple of young women looking into their future, back in that nice soft space where they fit seamlessly together, before the world had grown so much larger than their grasp.


For a book over five hundred pages long, this severely disappointed me. Books that are this length are either a Stephen King novel or a book with a really good story. Usually, a book this long means the author was made to choose between splitting threview
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Jill
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diving into a 550-page novel – as opposed to, say, a 300-page novel – is the difference between a dalliance and a full-blown commitment. You have to really like these characters to spend time in their lives and inside their heads for days at a time. It may not be the most fun you’ve ever had, but it has to be darn close.

So let’s start here: I liked the Sorenson family. I liked its messiness, quirkiness, heartaches and triumphs. And I didn’t regret one single hour that I was immersed
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Elysse
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best reads of 2019, bar none. I am calling it... this book will win all of the awards. Claire Lombardo is the next Kingsolver. Here it is in writing, in January of 2019, and I can't wait to look back on this and know how right I was. 

Lombardo's debut novel is truly a work of art. It follows the Sorenson family, consisting of Marilyn and David (the parents), and their four daughters, Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace. Each character has their own personality, truly dis
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Jamie beauty_andthebook_
You know that feeling you get when you start a book and immediately know it’s going to be special? That was the feeling I had with The Most Fun We Ever Had and it was spot on. Books that follow a group of characters over decades have always been the kind that speak to me in a special way, namely, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer - a gold standard that I’ve held many other books to over the years. From the beginning, I realized that Most Fun would be a new standard for me, Lombardo has a way with ...more
Shannon
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun family drama. Loved it!
Lyn
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually don’t write reviews but my disappointment in the book was so huge it inspired me to write one. I do NOT understand all the 4 and 5 star reviews this book received. A summary of this book in a nutshell: David and Marilyn are incredibly clueless on how ill-prepared their precious children are to handle life’s ups and downs. Oh and there is a ginkgo tree in their yard. The end.

This book is over 500 pages. If you are going to write a book this big it needs to keep the reader in
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Lisa
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Stunning Debut Novel That is Slammed Full of Both Heart-wrenching and Joyful Moments.

SUMMARY
Marilyn Connolly, an outgoing English major and David Sorenson, a shy premed student, fell in love and married in the 1970s, By 2016, their four adult daughters are each in turmoil and struggling with finding their way in the world. Wendy the oldest and a recent widow, had a troubled youth, but has a huge personality and is typically full of both sarcasm and alcohol. Violet, is the per
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Jessica Jeffers
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
This did not need to be 530 pages long, but man it was great.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
DNF 55%. I know that's a long way to get in a book and then put it down but I had this on audio and I couldn't take the narration anymore. Not that the narrator was bad, she was excellent, it was the fact that so much of the dialogue in the book is wrote in a staccato, abrupt, leave words off sentences, interrupting each other kind of way and by this point I couldn't listen anymore. Also, nothing was happening for me. I kept waiting for drama or for something exciting to shake things up but by t ...more
Jaye
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A character driven book needs characters that I actually like. In addition to more likable characters this could have used a good edit. There is no reason that it took that much to tell the story of this upper-middle class suburban family.
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
As the eldest of three sisters, this book got my attention. Family drama with a bunch of sisters and ensuing familial issues? Sounds delightful, relatable and kind of cathartic.

But my feelings for this dysfunctional family drama weren't quite so clear. Early on, I was intrigued by the complex dynamics in the Sorenson family and felt that Lombardi understood the messy, loving, frustrating and complicated dynamics between sisters. Oh m'word, so complicated. Within this hefty tome, there's lots of
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Kate ☀️ Olson
🏡 (free review copy) A love that crept up on me and then took. me. down. When @doubledaybooks pitched this book to me, it sounded amazing and I was like, “Yeah, I’ll give it a shot! Send it over!”......and then it showed up at my house and it is 532 pages of fairly small print and I got a little nervous.
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And then I started reading, and was instantly furious with numerous characters. And I thought about quitting. Multiple times. But you guys. Trying to quit this book is like me trying
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Kathryn in FL
This masterly spun story falls into the fiction, drama, family saga genre category. It's greatest strength was its characters evolution. They were three dimensional and I thoroughly enjoyed their unique traits as we observe them in various situations. It was very character driven) and saw people I know. You'll observe people you know too. Their reactions appealed to my emotions, sometimes I could see myself reacting that way if "it" happened to me. This story told from the perspective of each of ...more
Alena
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumping into a 500+ page book just as I was going back to working full time and preparing to send my oldest to college and my youngest to high school was probably not the best choice. Did I really have the time of headspace to commit to this family saga? But how could I not? First of all, I read nothing but “read this now” raves from friends and reviewers whose reading tastes typically align with mine. Just as importantly (for me), this book is set in Oak Park, IL - next door to where I’ve alway ...more
Jean Brown
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a certain type of book I love. The Most Fun We Ever Had is that kind of book. Characters so real you know them. Wallace Stegner wrote this kind of book, so does Wally Lamb, Donna Tarth, et al. It amazes me this is Claire Lombardo’s debut novel. The writing never misses a beat and the story moves seamlessly. 5 Stars, ARC.
Rachel León
Oh, Claire Lombardo, how can you be so young and yet so wise?

Seriously, how does this--yes, obviously very talented--young novelist write with such clarity and truth about stuff she (likely) hasn't experienced herself? My favorite literary novels are the ones that are super intelligent (emotionally and otherwise) and yet are a pleasure to read; this novel is exactly that.

I could go into a summary, but you got that at the top, didn't you, and all you really need to know is that this novel is a
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Moonkiszt
Oct 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yikes. Am 3% in and am uber irritated. Moving on.
Kathy
I received a digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I certainly didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it enough to see it through 540-odd pages. The characters themselves are interesting, but their interactions often feel hackneyed. Furthermore, there are sex scenes every few pages (at least in beginning of the novel) that do nothing to further the story and sometimes include characters that don't seem central to the novel. There are also frequently shifti
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ALL THE FEELS
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I'm not sure how to talk about this book yet. But, I really, really liked it. The writing was sharp, the characters felt like real people - albeit to a person VERY FLAWED and unlikable (but then, aren't we all if we were to look deeply at ourselves?). And the story kept pulling me along. Secrets and rivalries and revelations and selfishness and love and reconciliation and the messiness and also strength of family. It was a beautiful portrait of family, if not very dysfunctional and messy most of ...more
SueKich
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can a family love each other too much?

It is a matter of astonishment to me how a writer springs fully formed into a debut novelist of such accomplishment. The Most Fun We Ever Had is a portrait of an Illinois family’s dynamics from a unique perspective: one where the parents of four daughters love them – but most particularly love each other – perhaps a little *too* much. Sounds simple? Yes, but as past events are deftly – indeed, seamlessly – interwoven with current time, Claire Lombardo ac
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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.
“The thing that nobody warned you about adulthood was the number of decisions you’d have to make, the number of times you’d have to depend on an unreliable gut to point you in the right direction, the number times you’d still feel like an eight-year-old, waiting for your parents to step in and save you from peril.” 5 likes
“Nobody’s ever prepared to care for a child full-time, is what I mean. Nobody understands what that means until they do it for themselves. We’re all just holding our breath and hoping nothing catastrophic happens. And how deeply you get hurt doing that! It’s constant pain. It’s a parade of complete and utter agony, all the time, forever.” 4 likes
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