- Series: Vintage Contemporaries
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307276694
- ISBN-13: 978-0307276698
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 221 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Tasteful, elegant, sensuous. . . . Insightful, complex.” —The Boston Globe“Miller plays her hand in a masterly fashion.” —The New York Times Book Review “A leisurely, meticulously constructed tale that builds inevitably, even relentlessly, to a striking, life-changing denouement. . . . An impressive addition to Miller's list of novels.” —Chicago Tribune“Complex and beautifully drawn . . . with her keen eye and precise prose, Ms. Miller expertly conveys the passage of time and the evolution of emotions, giving readers the sense of lives fully lived.” —The Wall Street Journal“I closed The Senator’s Wife and instantly wished there was someone around with whom to discuss the Jodi Picoult like ending.” —USA Today
About the Author
Sue Miller is the best-selling author of the novels Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, and The Good Mother; the story collection Inventing the Abbotts; and the memoir The Story of My Father. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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However, at three quarters into the book I began to find myself waiting for something more to happen. Of course what does eventually happen is apropos and well done. Sue Miller always does a great job of capturing the authentic humanity and our vulnerabilities.
I give it a three because I had a feeling throughout my reading that the story lacked some amount of depth. I felt that it could have benefited from a bit more editing, perhaps? She used the word 'expansive' about four times within one hundred pages. For some reason that bugged me. The word felt like a placeholder that hadn't been cleaned up.
The personalities are so skillfully developed that, although they are ordinary people, they become more than that as the story unfolda.
The ending, although disturbing, was destined to happrn eventually, just as it did. The older couple had lived for years with their co-dependency and it was only fitting that Delia finally mustered the self respect to do what she should have done long ago. After years of public humiliation, she had had enough. High time!!!
Meri, the younger wife, only looking to re-build her bruised ego, typically uncaring about anyone but herself, created an unrecoverable crisis in the lives of her neighbors and lied to cover up her dirty little secret. She waltzed away with very little remorse and absolutely no penalty. How very typical for this type of person. Sometimes, justice is not served.
This was an unforgettable novel from a very talented author.