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The Senator's Wife (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestselling author Miller (The Good Mother; When 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. (Jan.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
In her latest novel, Sue Miller contemplates wifehood from the perspective of two womenone at the start of her marriage, the other reconciled to the direction her relationship has taken over the decades yet nonetheless hopeful for change. In capturing their dreams, fears, and disappointments, Miler paints a devastating, realistic, and unsentimental portrait of both Meri and Delia. What to make of the two negative reviews? They seemed complete opposites: the Los Angeles Times enjoyed the book until the twist at the end, whereas the New York Times Book Review admired only the climax. Yes, the novel is a domestic drama, with its compare-and-contrast marriage storylines, a tone that can be overly earnest, and protagonists that sometimes lack self-awareness. But there is good insight into character here, and the storys masterful plot twista final betrayalreveals Millers ample talents as a storyteller.
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For me, rather then being part of the novell I was an observer watching the story play out. And an interesting story it was. Do not sneak a peek at the ending it is suprising and convuluted. I would recommend this book though with reservations. The woman who suggested the book to me is in my book club and loved it so it, as most books will, effect us in different ways. It's a good read though it slows at times. I'd like to discuss it with a group of women of different ages because basically the novel does explore cross generationl women's lives.