The Senator's Wife
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. The author of the iconic The Good Mother and the best-selling While I Was Gone brings her marvelous gifts to a powerful story of two unconventional women who unexpectedly cha...more
The plot was set up well enough - couple moves next to aging woman who has been 'the senators wife' for ages, in that she has watched her senator husband cheat on her repeatedly and stuggled with standing...more
I've read enough work by Sue Miller to say with complete confidence that she's a brilliant writer, and a master at character development. The Senator's Wife is a gray tale of two couples, neighbors sharing an east coast duplex in an upscale neighborhood. In the story, Miller brings in the focus so tightly, that it feels a little voyeuristic prying into the everyday thoughts, feelings and actions of these characters. Said characters are ordinary, but at the...more
In terms of the story, though, several parts of it were left unresolved, in my mind at least. For example, Meri struggles with the above throughout the story, but by the end is enjoying domestic bliss and is seemingly a different person---how or why this transition took place isn't clear to m...more
Another reviewer put it best... "uncomfortable". That's where these books take you -- to an uncomfortable place. And not the kind of uncomfortable where you think, "Oh, this is good for me, I need to learn something." No. It's just wrong somehow.
In both cases I've ended up completely d...more
CAUTION: I think it's best not to know too much about this story before you read it. So beware of reading the reviews until after you've read the book. With that in mind, I've tried not to over-tell anything about the story in my review below. Instead I've given my over-all impressions of the story and the writing as a whole.
I wouldn't call this book compelling, but for some strange reason I wanted to keep reading it. I usually don't like books which describ...more
Meri never seems to have it all together. She is more real with her doubts and insecurities, but after what happens in the end, it's hard to like her. She i...more
And please don't get me started on Meri.
This is the first book I've read of Sue Miller's. Are all her characters this shallow, whiney and self-absorbed? Let me know...I have The Go...more
Meri is the woman who has moved into the duplex, next door to Delia. She is a newlywed and we see her move through her struggles with marriage, pregnancy and their life after the birth of their child. She and Delia strike up a friendship, even though both of them are at different points in their life....more
Sue Miller's other novels and especially enjoyed her book, "For Love".
In this novel, there are actually two wives whose lives are depicted.
The first is Delia, the wife of a former Senator, whom we meet
when she is in her early 70's and living on her own for many years although still married to Tom, the former Senator. The other wife is the 37 year old Meri who is recently married to Nathan, a university professor, and they are exp...more
I enjoyed the story and read it eagerly, but there are times when Miller goes into minute detail about what people are eating or wearing and it slows down the pace. Sometimes she describes an aspect of the setting and I'd think, "Now, that has to be significant", but then it turns out to be just more detail.
Also,the main characters are frustratingly flawed at times. It made me want to shake them a...more
In this novel, Sue Miller uses her delicate pen to bring to life the ups and down of the passionate, long-time marriage of Delia to Tom through an introduction by Meri, a newlywed neighbor.
If literary fiction is "about boring people doing nothing"--yet a story that enfolds you and takes you with it all the way through--Sue Miller has done an excellent job in keeping my interest. I could sympathize with Delia, I could understand her, even as, like her daughter, I...more
In any case, I decided I was ready for something new. I did start a book that was so horrendous, it put me off books for a whole month. The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller, however, totally brought me back. I liked this book.
The story is told from two perspectives, Delia and Meri, with Delia jumping back and forth in time. Meri moves in next door to Delia, who is an older woman and wife of a famous ex-se...more
It was a good enough story and well enough written.
Page 265: Delia hadn’t lived with her husband for many years. He had been a U.S. senator, who cheated on her many times. They had three children together. During their prolonged separation, she learned to be satisfied with her life and independent – she spent part of her year in New England and the rest of the year in her Paris apartment. When her husband, Tom, had a stroke she left...more
“…Inexplicably devout wife of philandering former senator learns that a massive stroke will not prevent a playa from remaining a playa. Meanwhile, next door, an ordinary couple in their mid-30s, awaiting the birth of their first baby, bore each other to the...more
Meri and Nathan are a newly wed couple who are house hunting due to Nathan's recent promotion to a tenure track professorship position. While Nathan is in a hurry to get settled to his new job and new life, Meri seems unsettled by the move from one of her version of the perfect life to one of domestic boredom. She seems to be reluctant to settling do...more
There were many unflattering reviews for this book but I enjoyed it (after a bit of a slow start). The characters were compelling even if I didn't like them very much sometimes. The book went back and forth between Meri a young newlywed and Delia an elderly woman, both living in a duplex. I felt invested in the characters and their lives and found the relationships fascinating. The story seemed to be about life choices that everyone makes and the reactions of those around you to those decisions...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