The authorAnna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter with The New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times. She left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist. She currently writes a bi-weekly column for Newsweek and is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life. The synopsisMary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterwards is a testament to the power of a woman’s love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another. The reviewThe writing style of this book is very light. You read the story about a family and its daily business. Friends that come, parties, sport games, first loves. Written in a style that it almost gets boring cause it is like your all day family thing. Until something tragic happens. All of a sudden the style changes, it is clear there is struggle that it is all heavy and how your live can be changed overnight. How things you take for granted can become something special. The author manged very well to make this suffering clear, you could feel the main characters suffocate in their pain. This is not a happy story but it is a very beautiful book. Still I only gave it three stars cause I did not find it THAT special and some parts of the book where boring too.