The Senator's Wife

The Senator's Wife

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Once again Sue Miller takes us 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. Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia Naughton-wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton-is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Delia's husband's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong. What keeps people together, even in the midst of profound betrayal? How can a journey imperiled by, and sometimes indistinguishable from, compromise and disappointment culminate in healing and grace? Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, both reckoning with the contours and mysteries of marriage, one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun. Here are all the things for which Sue Miller has always been beloved-the complexity of experience precisely rendered, the richness of character and emotion, the superb economy of style-fused with an utterly engrossing story.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 9 pages
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 30.48mm | 272.15g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739358510
  • 9780739358511
  • 2,169,463

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Praise for Sue Miller's "The Senator's Wife"" ""Pure Miller . . . tasteful, elegant, sensuous . . . insightful, complex . . . "The Senator's Wife" is Miller's latest extended contemplation of marriage, and a master class in the refinement of craft." --"The Boston Globe " "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" "Miller plays her hand in a masterly fashion." --"The New York Times Book Review" "I closed "The Senator's Wife" and instantly wished there was someone around with whom to discuss the Jodi Picoult like ending." --"USA Today " "Lost in the Forest" "But more important and distinctive is the power of a style that never announces itself as 'style' and that is consonant with a nonjudgmental poise of presentation. T. S. Eliot once wondered whether Shakespeare really 'thought' anything at all: 'He was occupied with turning human actions into poetry, ' Eliot decided. Something similar might be said about Miller's impartiality, her refusal to assign blame or 'explain' why things happen as they happened. Her sense of life one calls it that, inadequately is such that we are content to discover with her the powerful connections among the characters and events she imagines." --"The Boston Globe ""[K]een psychological insight, her radar for emotional nuance, her visceral understanding of familial dynamics. . . . Ms. Miller's innate sympathy for her characters and her shrewd understanding of the mathematics of family life go a long way." --"The New York Times " "Miller has always been adept at rendering the complexities of family life, the way even well-intentioned, decent people can't walk across a room without wounding at least one person they love." --"The New York Times Book Review " "It has been said that every good novelishow more

About Sue Miller

Sue Miller is the bestselling 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.show more

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2 15% (1,474)
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