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
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
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
1) It drove me CRAZY to hear about how Tom cheated on Delia over and over and over and she always accepted him back into her life (and bed). He had a long-term affair with their daughter's friend! Gross! Delia's character was portrayed as so wise, worldly, and independent, so why on earth would someone like that allow themselves to be used like a doormat?
2) The graphic pregnancy and labor scenes. Oh.my.god. As if I wasn't h ...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
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
I admit I am having an emotional (over)reaction to this book. Yes there are triggers in this book that hit home for me. Maybe in a while I "might" come back and at least give this a 3 star rating b/c this story definitely pushed buttons and probabl ...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
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
Really centered around Meri and Delia and their friendship. There is a plot but no great crescendo till the very end which is a slightly uncomfortable ending. Despite that I enjoyed it. May not be gripping enough for everyone but I found myself wanting to dive into it and see what happens
Overall: it wasn’t bad (see, there I go again), but I’m in the mood for a lot more mayhem right now ...more
I find Sue Millar's writing stunning and this was no exception.
Deliah is strong, independent, and wise and feels like someone I would enjoy living next to. Meri is young a little gauche and needy the perfect neighbour..........Except for where Deliah's husband Tom is concerned, he is her Achilles heel.
For me, this story will linger for a while, and not just because of the writing. The subjects chosen resonated personally, Meri's labour was too close to mine ...more
The Senator’s Wife is a story about relationships, love, loss, longing, desires, and human nature. It’s about the uncertainty with which one’s adult life starts and ...more
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 ...more