The Most Fun We Ever Had
By Claire Lombardo
5 / 5 ⭐
“ɢᴏᴅ, ɪᴛ’ꜱ ʜᴀʀᴅ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴀ ᴘᴇʀꜱᴏɴ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ, ɪꜱɴ’ᴛ ɪᴛ?”
This summer seems to be the summer of great family fiction for me. The Most Fun We Ever Had is no exception. I was a little concerned about a 532 page narrative on a single family, but by the end I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them.
David and Marilyn Sorenson have four adult daughters. Though each daughter has a life of their own they are still caught in the gravitational pull of their parents. The story begins with their eldest daughter getting married. Life moves on with marriages, babies, losses, surprises, and heartaches. Interspersed between the chapters is David and Marilyn’s origin story, how they met, fell in love, and the highs and lows of raising their family. Both timelines progress forward, with the past catching up to the present.
Claire Lombardo opened up the front door of the Sorenson’s homes and allowed me to walk in and sit among them. I stood in their kitchens and shared a cup of coffee with them. I began to understand each daughter’s personality so well, where I could almost see their body language, even feel it. How the sisters maneuvered within the family dynamic and through the trials of life became the atmosphere of the story for me. Each daughter struggled to be their own person in this world, yet still yearned for their parent’s validation. Meanwhile, David and Marilyn asked the question, “Were we good parents?” The book is wisely divided into seasons. As I walked alongside David, Marilyn and the girls, I truly experienced the seasons of their lives.
If you’re looking for a lot of action in a book, this may not be for you. This is a book for those of us who love to be immersed in characters and their lives. It is rich in detail and dialogue. These are privileged, flawed people. This family is not without problems, secrets even, but their love for one another is what always makes them return home.