Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review | MILLER'S VALLEY by Anna Quindlen

April 5, 2016
Random House

A novel about family and the secrets that we keep—a young woman learning to love and leave home and realizing that, maybe, she never quite left.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Still Life with Bread Crumbs and Rise and Shine. ~Goodreads

I truly enjoyed reading this book. It’s like having a long walk with a friend, wherein the conversation drifts to things we rarely talk about. Everything was intimate, vivid, and rarely touching trivialities. There were happy moments, sad moments, and quiet moments that signify comprehension and unspoken agreement.

Mary Margaret Miller (Mimi) grew up in a farm located smack-center of a drowning valley. She is the only daughter of a tinkerer and a nurse, a family shared with two older brothers and an agoraphobic aunt. The story follows her (and her family’s) struggles through the meager farming life, while eminent flooding threatens the whole valley. Their family and the whole valley itself share a compelling story that perhaps anyone can relate to.
My name was Mimi Miller. I lived in Miller’s Valley. Everyone I knew lived in Miller’s Valley. I wasn’t ignorant; I knew there was a world outside. I just had a hard time imagining it.

MILLER’S VALLEY is a great demonstration of Anna Quindlen’s insightful gift in writing true-to-life stories. The details resemble a fully scrutinized canvas of an ordinary life that is fully lived with its joys, sufferings, and regrets. This book is not a product of mere imagination, but of excellent discernment.

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Book details:
Author:  Anna Quindlen
Publication:  April 5, 2016; Random House
Genre:  Fiction, Coming-of-Age
Rating:  ★★★★★

*Thank you Random House and NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for this unbiased review.


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