28. The Senator's Wife

Book Reviews / Saturday, August 11th, 2012

This is the very first novel that I’ve read by Sue Miller.   I think she’s known for writing about women and relationships.  I was really surprised to say the least.  There was a scene that knocked me off my seat.  I just couldn’t believe it.  I would have never thought of it.  In spite of everything, the first half of the book was a bit of a bore.  There was a lot of character development, which was useful but slowed the story down.  Around the middle of the story I became more interested.  I didn’t like any of the characters because they are all extremely flawed.  Meri is a snoop and very unsure of herself.  Delia is overly confident but naive in love.  Nathan is insensitive and arrogant.  Tom the senator is self-centered, egotistical philanderer.

Meri and Nathan are a young couple house hunting for their new home.  They decide to buy the old house that they are looking at and it happens to be connected to Delia’s house who is the senator’s wife.  From the moment the couple moves in, their lives connect with  Delia’s to transform each other forever.

I’m not sure I understand what Sue Miller is trying to say in this book but it’s not very feminist if she is.  Actually, I suspect she is just trying to give a point of view about relationships.  For one thing, the novel is very well written.  I learned a few new vocabulary words.  I’ll be cautious to choose another Sue Miller book though.  I’ll ask my avid reader friends to steer me to a really good one or just read The Good Mother (the one that’s often mentioned).

Sue Miller published her first novel in 1986, The Good Mother.  Since she was a single mother, she didn’t have much time to devote to writing; although now she’s made up for that after publishing ten books and two of them have been adapted to film – The Good Mother (1988) and Inventing the Abbotts (1997).  She is now a professor teaching creative writing classes at Smith College.

8 Replies to “28. The Senator's Wife”

  1. Sounds like a “french movie”. One you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Though this statement is exagerated, it tends to be true, boring relationship… drag, like crossing the teenage stream. Would you rate it “To be avoided”, or is it an exception for an excellent writing style, that can compensate ?

    1. I’d rate it 3 stars. Your choice: read it or don’t. I don’t think you would enjoy it at all. It does take 180 pages before it starts to get interesting. I just don’t think this is one of her better books.

  2. Annoying when a book takes a while to pick up interest, I’m reading one like that now, my third attempt and its great now, but what a struggle to get going. If I hadn’t accepted to review it, I probably would have given up before it got interesting.

  3. Thanks for the great insight. I can NOT tell you how I hate a book that drags, I have a hard time staying interested and with work, kids and a hubby who needs anything that takes too long to get interesting. Please keep up the good work and I think I will pass on this one. Well, what’s next for us followers, what are you reading now?

    1. Just finished Divergent and am reading the sequel Insurgent at the moment. Really good so far. Check out the next post which will be in 2-3 days. I thoroughly inderstand that you’ll be giving this one a miss. Even though it’s well written I’m not sure it’s worth it! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your support!! Still trying to catch up on reading while vacationing. We’re in a beautiful part of France! Look up the city of Mirepoix. It’s said to be the prettiest village in the south west of France.

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