Who doesn’t love a little family drama now and then?—the fictional kind,anyway.
In The Most Fun We Ever Had, Claire Lombardo delivers the goods in a big way, painting a colorful and complex portrait of the Sorenson family in all their tumultuous glory. Lombardo’s depictions of the four Sorenson sisters—drastically different and each struggling in her own way—infuse the story with compelling relatability, and the gradual unearthing of long-held family secrets is a satisfying reward.
Meeting the sisters and their parents is just the start of this emotional roller coaster. The unexpected arrival of a child placed for adoption by one of the sisters 15 years before sets off a reckoning among the family members. In an effort to untangle a complicated past filled with adolescent angst, resentment, and infidelity, the Sorensons will also rediscover the moments of joy that make it all worthwhile.
“Throughout The Most Fun We Ever Had, debut novelist Claire Lombardo’s characters challenge their self-defined roles and the assumptions they’ve made about their family,” notes a BookPage review. “This family drama tracks the Sorensons through 40 years, examining the way family ties affect each person’s identity. Lombardo’s tale is an immersive account of family, identity, and the tensions that can arise from both.”