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.

Title:The Most Fun We Ever Had
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385544252
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    The Most Fun We Ever Had Reviews

  • Tammy

    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, t...

  • 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. Th...

  • 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...

  • Tucker

    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...

  • Jill

    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 t...

  • Shannon

    Such a fun family drama. Loved it! ...

  • Elysse

    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...

  • 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 ove...

  • Jean Brown

    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...

  • SueKich

    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 ...