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Bookloons – July 2006
“Larsen deals with this young mother's reactions … with great empathy, and
shows us someone who could be a friend or neighbor. She takes us through the
process of grief and recovery in minute and credible detail. Keep a box of
tissues nearby while reading All the Numbers, as dry eyes are impossible.
Readers will feel for Ellen, cheer her on, and silently applaud the wise and
compassionate decisions she finally makes. All the Numbers is a quick but
gripping summer read, both incredibly sad and very satisfying.”
-- Hilary Williamson
Booklist – June 4, 2006
“Compelling… Larsen limns familiar scenarios—Ellen’s return to work and the
ever-present sympathy of her fellow teachers and students, her immersion in
the criminal case against the young Jet Skier, barely older than her
remaining son, and her stifling feelings of guilt amidst her grief—with a
perceptive eye and an acutely intuitive feel for the complexities of these
painful situations. Larsen depicts a mother’s year of grief and recovery
with a sure and honest voice.”
-- Deborah Donovan