Sue Miller


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in Chicago, Illinois
November 29, 1943

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Sue Miller is an American novelist and short story 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 spending almost a decade in various fellowships and teaching positions. Since then, two of her novels have been made into feature films, and her book While I Was Gone was an Oprah's Book Club pick in 2000.


Average rating: 3.6 · 103,303 ratings · 5,638 reviews · 23 distinct worksSimilar authors
While I Was Gone

3.68 avg rating — 56,127 ratings — published 1999 — 36 editions
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The Good Mother

3.81 avg rating — 10,532 ratings — published 1986 — 17 editions
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The Senator's Wife

3.27 avg rating — 10,363 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Family Pictures

3.81 avg rating — 4,838 ratings — published 1990 — 16 editions
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The Arsonist

3.25 avg rating — 5,798 ratings — published 2014 — 15 editions
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The World Below

3.55 avg rating — 4,286 ratings — published 2001 — 30 editions
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The Lake Shore Limited

3.31 avg rating — 3,727 ratings — published 2010 — 16 editions
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Lost in the Forest

3.35 avg rating — 3,051 ratings — published 2005 — 24 editions
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For Love

3.36 avg rating — 1,485 ratings — published 1993 — 28 editions
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The Distinguished Guest

3.33 avg rating — 1,303 ratings — published 1995 — 18 editions
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“I felt the kind of desperation, I think, that cancels the possibility of empathy...that makes you unkind.”
Sue Miller, While I Was Gone

“But perhaps this is all to the good. Perhaps it’s best to live with the possibility that around any corner, at any time, may come the person who reminds you of your own capacity to surprise yourself, to put at risk everything that’s dear to you. Who reminds you of the distances we have to bridge to begin to know anything about one another. Who reminds you that what seems to be—even about yourself—may not be. That like him, you need to be forgiven.”
Sue Miller, While I Was Gone

“But pain may be a gift to us. Remember, after all, that pain is one of the ways we register in memory the things that vanish, that are taken away. We fix them in our minds forever by yearning, by pain, by crying out. Pain, the pain that seems unbearable at the time, is memory's first imprinting step, the cornerstone of the temple we erect inside us in memory of the dead. Pain is part of memory, and memory is a God-given gift.”
Sue Miller

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