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The Good Mother by Sue Miller
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Mar 18, 2012

it was ok
Read in July, 2011

** spoiler alert ** The Good Mother by Sue Miller
This is the fourth Sue Miller book I've read, and I can honestly say that this is NOT one of my favourites. I read the back of the edition I own, and a reviewer had quoted, "One of those rare novels you live more than you read..." Um, not in my case, lady. For starters, I didn't care much for anyone in this story except for the child, Molly, who somehow got entangled in a custody battle between two divorced parents. For the most part you see the side of Molly's mum, Anna, who gets involved with a real "winner" and through him, "find's herself" while in wild passionate abandon - to the detriment of her daughter's stability.

I couldn't identify with this woman on any level. This woman who wanted to hang with a dude who slept on a mattress on the floor, and who would have wild passionate love the one minute, fight tooth and nail the next, and the rest of the time, spend the day butt naked around your young daughter. Dangerous.

So, no, I don't live this life at all. But, I certainly read it. Aside from my revulsion for the story, it was well-written...

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Ellen Ferber Ditto ditto. Could not agree more.

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