Lost in the Forest
Review: This is the second of Miller's books that I've read, and I'm finding that she has some consistent patterns. Some are good patterns, things that keep you reading; some are bad patterns, things that make you want to throw the book at the wall (or at least roll your eyes hard enough to harm your vision).
The Good Pattern: She loves the theme of messy marriages. And she's right, it's not easy. I like reading about the way she writes marriages. The way she talks about the boring aspe ...more
First there is Jake, a 40-something divorced wine grape grower in Napa. His former wife, Eva, has remarried and as the story begins, Eva's husband John has just be ...more
Spoiler alert: The following contains information concerning the plot.
In this book, within the first few pages, Eva's husband is killed in a car- pedestrian accident. The book focuses on the transition of Eva, her ex-husband, Mark, and her children through this fallout of the tragedy. But, just saying this lea ...more
Eva is the mom and her story is in the background of the family's lives, though Daisy, the middle daughter, has the most compelling story.
I found myself wanting Eva and Mark to get back together, and I liked them together. They had divorced due to Mark's infidelity and Eva got remarried to John, and the story begins wi ...more
John Peckerson is trying to take his girlfriend Eva on a romantic date. One day Joey wakes up and goes to work like the usual. And when h ...more
"One minute John is the cornerstone of Eva's world, rock to his two teenage stepdaughters and his own son Theo; the next he is tossed through the air in a traffic accident. His sudden death changes everything. Eva struggles with the desolation of loneliness, finding herself drawn back to her untrustworthy ex-husband; Emily, the eldest daughter, grapples with her new-found independence and responsibility. Little Theo can only begin to fathom the permanence of his father's death. But for th ...more
The stories of Mark, the first husband, Eva, Emily, Daisy are told in alternating chapters, easily moving between the past and the present. The laborious task of beginning and maintaining vineyards, Mark’s work, woven throughout the novel, is almost a ...more
The family dynamic is beautifully handled, presented in a style that is at once direct and graceful, blissfully void of forced drama or overly-staged conflict--as good as I've read since Judith Guest's Ordinary People over 30 years ago.
Ms. Miller has also done a very nice job handling the two primary male characters, developing their personalities and creating dialogue that comes across as realistic, which now and again reads as forced ...more
TO BE CONTINUED!
I truly could not put this book down, and except for my feelings of rage toward at least one character, I found ...more
I didn't think an author could cook up characters any duller than those in "A Widow for One Year" but apparently anything is possible.
The description for this book is inaccurate. Sure, the middle daughter hooks up, but it's literally only a single angle of this story, and not a well-developed one.
What really boggled my mind? John (husband to Eva, father to Theo and stepfather to Emily and Daisy) fucking dies. The event itself (it's disclosed in the summary anyway) di ...more
And the book ends with a efficient "wrap-up" of the characters, and who doesn't appreciate closure.
I even thought she did the "very early May/very late December" relationship with confidence....I was spellbound by the Lolita versus The Graduate scenes. .....quite explicit scenes....almost embarrassing to read. As though reading them gave some sort of approval to the guy's despica ...more
However, by the second CD I found this story so dull, so banal, that I had to rewind three times because my mind kept wandering. I went back to it after my trip because the back cover made it clear *something* was going to happen. Maybe it would get good...
But there were a number of things that irritated my about this book:
1)One character, Daisy, ...more
A novel set in the vineyards of Northern California that tells the story of a young girl who, in the wake of a tragic accident, seeks so ...more
Don't you just hate it when you come across a book you know you should like, and you just can't, no matter how hard you try? That's how this one was for me. The beginning was terrific, started off with a bang ...more
***SPOILERS*** This book was neither outstanding or terrible, it just was. Overall, I liked it, it just wasn't a page-turner, and I'm not exactly sure I would recommend it. The story is ulitmately about the heartbreaking reality of the mundane, everyday life... about how sometimes, life isn't happy or end happy, life just is. Although this story was about death, I feel it centered on the infidelity of Eva, the main character's, former husband. The affair led to the demise of the entire family, a...more
Eventually Mark tries to do better. He recognizes that he ...more
Sue Miller (born November 29, 1943 in Chicago) is an American writer who has authored a number of best-selling novels. Her duties as a single mother left her with little time to write for many years, and as a result she did not publish her first novel until 1986, after spend ...more