titianlibrarian, August 8, 2008 (view all comments by titianlibrarian)
Meri and her husband Nate are newlyweds on the hunt for a house. When they find a townhouse split with a dignified Washington senator, Nate jumps at the political connection and Meri finds herself entranced with the senator's beautiful wife.
This was a fascinating read, just like all of Sue Miller's books. I really, really liked it, and I'll probably reread it within the next few months. I hesitate to explain more, because I think you'll enjoy it more if you aren't given as many clues as to what to expect. It's not a mystery, not a suspense thriller, but it does keep you turning the pages.
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beccasbookstack, April 9, 2008 (view all comments by beccasbookstack)
This is a ultimately a novel about marriage and relationships, and the mysterious bond that keeps a couple together. In her trademark style, Miller gets to the heart of all the emotions of her characters, and reveals some surprising truths about the nature of love in all its stages.
The Senator's Wife is a novel that provokes strong feelings in it's readers, and one that will leave you thinking about its characters for a long time after you've closed the cover.
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Laurie Blum, March 9, 2008 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
In my "first chapter of married life," I was a political spouse and oh, can I ever commiserate with main character Delia Naughton in Sue Miller's "The Senator's Wife!" This author's keen descriptions of highs, lows, infidelity, friendship, moving on, Washington DC life & death are precise, insightful and make for a good read.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Bestselling author Miller (The Good Mother; While I Was Gone) returns with a rich, emotionally urgent novel of two women at opposite stages of life who face parallel dilemmas. Meri, the young, sexy wife of a charismatic professor, occupies one wing of a New England house with her husband. An unexpected pregnancy forces her to reassess her marriage and her childhood of neglect. Delia, her elegant neighbor in the opposite wing, is the long-suffering wife of a notoriously philandering retired senator. The couple have stayed together for his career and still share an occasional, deeply intense tryst. The women's routines continue on either side of the wall that divides their homes, and the two begin to flit back and forth across the porch and into each others physical and psychological spaces. A steady tension builds to a bruising denouement. The clash, predicated on Delia's husband's compulsive behavior and on Meri's lack of boundaries, feels too preordained. But Miller's incisive portrait of the complex inner lives of her characters and her sharp manner of taking them through conflicts make for an intense read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Miller brings into stark yet uplifting relief the limitations of morality when confronted with love."
"[An] incandescent tale of betrayal and the perpetual divide between men and women, and a galvanizing novel of life's imperative to use yourself up."
by Entertainment Weekly,
"The carnal twist Miller ultimately devises to bring the narrative to a head is more puzzling than plausible....As she has repeatedly demonstrated, the variety of ways people find to connect with one another beggars the imagination. Though apparently not hers. (Grade: B)"
by Minneapolis Star Tribune,
"[A] rich, elegantly plotted tale of two women's — and two generations' — experiences of marriage and motherhood....It's intentionally ambiguous: both bright and dark, celebratory and desolate. Nothing at all like a Lifetime Channel movie, but a lot like real life."
by Rocky Mountain News,
"[A] fast and fascinating read, a provocative look at the construction of the American family and the institution of marriage. Miller's characters are haunting, their actions unforgettable."
The author of the iconic The Good Mother and the bestselling While I Was Gone takes readers deep into the private lives of women with this mesmerizing portrait of two marriages, exposed in all their shame and imperfection and in their obdurate, unyielding love.
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