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One True Thing: A Novel
by Anna Quindlen

Published: 2010-09-01
Kindle Edition : 315 pages
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “[Anna Quindlen] writes passionately . . . painstakingly uncovering all the intensity, suspicion and primitive love that bonds mothers and daughters.”—The Boston Globe
 
Ellen Gulden is enjoying her career as a successful magazine writer in New York ...
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “[Anna Quindlen] writes passionately . . . painstakingly uncovering all the intensity, suspicion and primitive love that bonds mothers and daughters.”—The Boston Globe
 
Ellen Gulden is enjoying her career as a successful magazine writer in New York City when she learns that her mother, Kate, is dying of cancer. Ellen’s father insists that she quit her job and return home to become a caregiver. A high-powered career woman, Ellen has never felt she had much in common with her mother, a homemaker and the heart of their family. Yet as Ellen begins to spend time with Kate, she discovers many surprising truths, not only about herself, but also about the woman she thought she knew so well.
 
Later, when Ellen is accused of the mercy killing of her mother, she must not only defend her own life but make a difficult choice—either accept responsibility for an act she did not commit or divulge the name of the person she believes committed a painful act of love.
 
Praise for One True Thing
 
“A triumph.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“We leave One True Thing stimulated and challenged, more thoughtful than when we began.”Los Angeles Times
 
“Like a brush with mortality, One True Thing leaves the reader feeling grateful, wide awake, lucky to be alive.”—Michael Chabon
 
“It calls you back for another read. . . . This is a book of catharsis.”The Denver Post
 
“Fiercely compassionate and frank.”Elle

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  "One True Thing"by Corinpem (see profile) 05/10/15

Anna Quindlen is a great writer, and her novel, One True Thing, is Quindlen at her best. She draws from her own experiences to tell a compelling story, and we are left with a deeper under... (read more)

 
  "One True Thing"by capponi002 (see profile) 06/28/10

Great book - DO NOT see the movie! The movie was a terrible representation of the book and veered sooo off course at times!

 
  "A story about the love between a Mother and Daughter"by lollygil (see profile) 08/28/09

A story of a young woman who thinks she has it all figured out, when she is called to come home to nurse her terminally ill mother. The story is bittersweet as the bond deepens and changes.

 
  "A over achieving young woman puts her successful career on hold to care for her homemaker mother dying of cancer. Interesting family relationship dynamics, end of life issues.. lots to discuss."by SueM (see profile) 02/21/09

I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone.

 
  "Emotional, well written, with a satisfying ending. We really enjoyed discussing this book!"by kdr4xmom (see profile) 10/08/08

 
  "Story about mother and daughter relationship during mother's illness"by eckyi (see profile) 01/13/08

Very good book for discussion.

 
  "A mother and daughter face mother's terminal cancer."by Frazzle (see profile) 07/17/07

Although this book is well-written, many of our members are facing their own battles with cancer consequently the book was too difficult for them to read and/or discuss. I would suggest that book clubs... (read more)

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