Mr B's review
A brilliant small town, family drama set in a Pennsylvanian valley at risk of being flooded to create a dam. Generations of the Miller family have lived there but as huge changes loom, Mimi Miller unearths some disturbing truths about her family’s past – betrayals, loss and secrets. Nothing is as it seems. With superbly drawn characters and a strong sense of place it made me think so much about what “home” means, of what it is to belong.
~The New York Times bestselling novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer~
‘Miller’s Valley reads like a companion to Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge’ Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens
Mimi Miller’s family have lived in Miller’s Valley for generations and at times it feels like nothing ever changes – until now when the town is under threat. But as Mimi looks back on the span of her life in this place, she confronts the toxicity of secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the risks and inequalities of friendship, loyalty and passion. Home, she acknowledges, is somewhere it’s just as easy to feel lost as contented.
A captivating, beautifully crafted story of family and memory that recalls the work of Anne Tyler or Elizabeth Strout, Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart for ever.
‘Qualities and shades of love are this writer’s strong suit, and she has the unusual talent for writing about them with so much truth and heart that one is carried away on a tidal wave of involvement and concern’ Elizabeth Jane Howard
‘Mesmerizing. Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it’s impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor . . . Overwhelmingly moving’ New York Times
`Quindlen’s provocative novel will have you flipping through the pages of your own family history and memories even as you can’t stop reading about the Millers . . . A coming-of-age story that reminds us that the past continues to wash over us even as we move away from the places and events that formed us’ * Chicago Tribune * ‘Stunning . . . The matriarchal theme is at the heart of Miller’s Valley. Miriam pushes her smart daughter to consider college, and other women – a teacher, a doctor, a benefactor – will raise Mimi up past the raging waters that swirl in her heart’ * The Washington Post * `Quindlen invests her tale with rare pathos and even rarer psychological acumen . . . the honesty of her storytelling is exemplary’ * Sunday Telegraph * `We are so lucky to have Anna Quindlen in our literary lives. With her big heart and her amazing humanity she reminds us all of our blessings’ — Alice Hoffman, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers `A breathtakingly moving look at a family’ * USA Today * ‘Qualities and shades of love are this writer’s strong suit, and she has the unusual talent for writing about them with so much truth and heart that one is carried away on a tidal wave of involvement and concern’ — Elizabeth Jane Howard ‘Mesmerizing. Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it’s impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor . . . Overwhelmingly moving’ * The New York Times *
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