Search Results: "Sue Miller"


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FOR LOVE by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1993

"Miller's special brand of intelligent emotionalism reaches its zenith here: it's deep, resonant, splendid."
Here, the author of Family Pictures (1990), etc., graces us with nothing less than a disputation on the nature of love—from whence, at least in Miller's world, all other emotions (and a great deal of often extreme behavior) come. Read full book review >

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WHILE I WAS GONE by Sue Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Both Joe and Daniel—never very credible to begin with—remain one- dimensional ideas rather than full-blooded characters."
Now, in a richly textured but emotionally cool novel, Miller (The Distinguished Guest, 1995, etc. ) limns a fall from grace and the hard climb back to redemption as a woman tempted to take a timeout from her marriage almost destroys all the good things in her life. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD MOTHER by Sue Miller
Released: May 1, 1986

What makes a mother unfit to raise her own child? Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY FATHER by Sue Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2003

"A loving and eloquent tribute from a talented daughter."
In a perfectly pitched memoir, novelist Miller (The World Below, 2001, etc.) movingly depicts the bittersweet emotions provoked by the toll Alzheimer's exacted on her father. Read full book review >

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THE WORLD BELOW by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2001

"Vintage Miller (While I Was Gone, 1998, etc.): a quiet, subtle story of longing, loss, and the compensations that, surprisingly, satisfy and endure."
A middle-aged woman tries to make a fresh start when her marriage ends and in the process discovers long-hidden family secrets that eerily echo her own experience. Read full book review >

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THE DISTINGUISHED GUEST by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1995

"The bestselling Miller (For Love, 1993, etc.) illumines, as few storytellers can, the wrenching muddle most families make of their lives."
An intelligent, moving distillation of the lingering estrangements — and old wounds — that fester in families as the time runs out for forgiveness. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE FOREST by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2005

"Miller at her best: engrossing characters and a plot that turns unexpected corners."
In the latest from Miller (The World Below, 2001, etc.), a family member's death alters the established patterns and rhythms among those who survive. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2010

"Miller raises tantalizing questions about the ethics of love, but the actual drama involving her decent, troubled characters never rises above a simmer."
An ambitious exploration of the interaction between choice and random chance in human relationships, from Miller (The Senator's Wife, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SENATOR’S WIFE by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Despite an overly deliberate pace, Miller brings into stark yet uplifting relief the limitations of morality when confronted with love."
How loyalty and betrayal occur within marriage and within friendship are the central but not the only questions raised in this quietly provocative domestic novel from Miller (Lost in the Forest, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2002 by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"A bit thin compared to years past: heavy on realism and tales of simple theme. (Interestingly, there are only two duplications between this volume and the O. Henry's [see Dark, above]: 'Family Furnishings,' by Alice Munro, and 'Seven,' by Edwidge Danticat.)"
A varied portrait of the modern short story as we know it today—at least as seen in these 20, presumably best, pieces from the past calendar year: Read full book review >

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THE ARSONIST by Sue Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"While the melodrama fails to ignite, Miller captures all the complicated nuances of a family in crisis."
As a series of fires in a small New Hampshire town exposes tensions between summer and year-round residents, the members of one in-between family confront their own desires, limitations and capacities to love in Miller's latest (The Lake Shore Limited, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1987

"An adventurous, chilly collection of stories, some with a John Cheever-ish bite, about uncoupled lives rattling on into isolation."
The faint but persistent acrid undertone of Miller's best-seller of last season, The Good Mother (its popular focus, a child-abuse custody case), dominates these 11 short stories in which an unhappy mix of divorced or partner-hopping lovers and parents—both young and middle-aged, all middle class—fumble at self-determination, with random grabs at status or security or, simply, drama in a drifting life. Read full book review >