Lost in the Forest (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
In this book we see the life of Eva, divorced from Mark and now happily married to John, and Eva's three children, Emily and Daisy with Mark and Theo with John.
When John is killed in a car accident, everyone's lives change dramatically. Mark becomes involved in Theo's life. Daisy, who was very close to John, feels resentment again...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
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
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
I like books that describe the complex relationships among family members, and in that regard, I would rate this book very high. However, Miller seems to try very hard to cram a lot of complicated story lines into this book, and so some of the details are lost while others are way too descriptive (the relationship between...more
Het verhaal begint met het ongeluk van John, die omkomt. Emily belt haar vader en vraagt of ze met z'n drietjes opgehaald kunnen worden. John is de tweede echtgenoot van Eva. Je leest hoe Eva worsteld met het grote verlies van haar echtgenoot. Theo die het niet beseft wat er eigenlijk is gebeurd, Emily gaat veel op stap met jongens om zo het verdriet te verwerken en Daisy trekt zich meer terug in haar eigen droom wereld. Ze begint later een relatie met de echtgenoot v...more
Who needs family therapy when one has Sue Miller? Lost in the Forest expertly unfolds to a display of realistic characters and troubled situations, including the sexual initiation (or violation?) of a teenage girl. Yet Daisy's affair represents only one of many challenges the family faces after John's death__and there are no easy answers. In understated, powerful prose, Miller moves back and forth in time, a device critics saw as either artful or interruptive. There were divergent views on the e...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
First of all, I love Blair Brown's narration. You know exactly who is speaking and the emotion that is being conveyed. I plan on making her a narrator that I seek.
The story itself, wonderful. Heartbreaking at times and full of all kinds of human foibles. It's mostly about a mother, a father and one of their daughters all trying to deal with changes in their lives. I think I've moved from general fiction to chick-lit or paranormal or urban fiction, etc., but the last few contemporary g...more
Each person's story is told here. Their love, their loss and their journey through it all is superbly written.
Daisy's story is the core of this novel and it is heartwrenching to follow. Her sexual awakening is definitely a cause for concern in its full...more
It is always difficult to go back and try to talk about a book when it has been a few years since I read it...more
Set in Napa...
50-something bookstore owner with ex-husband who works in the vineyards, getting over the death of her second husband who was just a really "nice" guy. One daughter is fine, the other is alone, rejected and turns to an older man for consolation (very Lolita-esque this part).
Best parts were the descriptions of the California country-side which of course made me miss home but then I wouldn't have my own bookstore in Napa, living in a fixed up Victorian or dining at Auber...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
Daisy's coping skills are not great. The teen will lie, steal, and engage in a sexual relationship with the husband of her mother's best friend. Nice, huh? Very sordid.
Miller's novel focuses mostly on the period in which Daisy is "lost." Of course, she is rescued....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 a...more
As one would expect each family member deals with their grief in a unique way. Eva, initially paralyzed with emotional pain, slowly learns to return to normalcy. Emily, takes control and tries to guide her famil...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