Friday, June 10, 2016

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.” 

Miller’s Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.” Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion: 

Anna Quindlen writes a woman's voice like few other writers. I have written everything of hers that I can get my hand on. 

This is a novel that I don't think I would've liked at a younger age, like many of Quindlen's works. It is a bittersweet reflection of life, love and family. Tender at times and brutally honest at others, it was an unforgettable journey.

I think that many of us that have lived long enough to spend much time on reflection would enjoy this novel.


4 stars.

Worth staying up all night to read?

It's not necessarily a page turner, but is certainly a worthy read. 

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