Lottie Gardner, her brother, Cameron, and their childhood friend Elizabeth have all come together in their hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, after years of separation. Lottie is barraged with memories of the past as she packs up her mother's house and witnesses the rekindling of an old...more
I am tense and want to shake thi ...more
It is an in depth look at relationships. So if you like reading about relations- love, lovers, family, generations, you may enjoy this book.
If there were enough Sue Miller books so that I could read a new one every week, I would read nothing but Sue Miller books forever!
Her characters feel so real to me, their lives so eminently plausible. She has a wonderful understanding, I think, of the human condition and how we relate to each other and the world. Her writing is so smart.
I loved Lottie, the main character, and I understood what made her tick. I've known people like Elizabeth, like Cam, like Jack. They are written so well ...more
The main character, Lottie/Charlotte/Char is tooooooo reflective to the point of self-indulgence. I kept wanting to tell her to get over herself and give the folks around her a break. She wasn't worth the hassles and heartaches not to mention her unbelieveable inconsideration toward those closest to her. She was good to those who were bad to her and bad to those who were good to her. What's wrong with ...more
This book did make me think about the things that I have done for love though. Its fitting for my life because in the last year I have done things I didn' ...more
Her brother re-kindles a romance with a long-ago neighbor who has left her husband. Lottie has escaped Chicago and her new second husband. Tragedy ensues and tension mounts. Miller deftly moves back and forth through time. She spends many pages in straight narrative and at other times fills pages with dialogue. Neither bored me or felt overdone.
For some reason, it reminds me of the poignant fairytale in which the woman must weave coats to rescue her brothers who have been magicked into swans. In spite of her best efforts, she can't save them all... or is my imagination working overtime here?
This is a nice story with interesting characters.
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