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“A sensual and perceptive novel.... With humor and humanity, Miller resists the simple scorned-wife story and instead crafts a revelatory tale of the complexities - and the absurdities - of love, infidelity, and grief.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

A brilliantly insightful novel, engrossing and haunting, about marriage, love, family, happiness, and sorrow, from New York Times best-selling author Sue Miller.

Graham and Annie have been married for nearly 30 years. Their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. By all appearances, they are a golden couple. Graham is a bookseller and a big, gregarious man with large appetites - curious, eager to please, a lover of life, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie’s comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. She is about to have her first gallery show after a six-year lull and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two adult children; Lucas, Graham’s son with his first wife, Frieda, works in New York. Annie and Graham’s daughter, Sarah, lives in San Francisco. 

Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie feels confident in the knowledge that she is Graham’s last and greatest love. When Graham suddenly dies - this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together - Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him?   

Then, while she is still mourning Graham intensely, she discovers a ruinous secret, one that will spiral her into darkness and force her to question whether she ever truly knew the man who loved her. 

©2020 Sue Miller (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Monotonous

I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing ever does. He dies, and she finds out about his affair. That is the premise. Nothing else interesting really happens. Really boring!!! Should be called Monotonous.
No infliction in narrator’s voice. Glad to have it end.

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Didn’t want it to End...

Just finished listening. I don’t know what to do next. I feel like I lost some close friends. Sue Miller writes with extraordinary detail about every character. It’s amazing how she lets you into each character’s life so that you feel like you know each one. Where they live, work, go. I highly recommend this book. This story touched me personally in so many ways. Thank you Sue for the depth of your thoughts.
I will be listening to another Sue Miller book for sure.

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She makes the ordinary beautiful

Sue Miller’s books have been some of my favorites for the beautiful details with which she describes and unpacks what are “ordinary” lives. I can’t get enough of her complicated characters. I loved Monogamy just as much as The Senator’s Wife.

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Fell flat!

This story fell flat! The narration was toneless and made me feel like I was in a therapy session. No climax! (Well some) but sad and depressing with no real storyline.

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Sad and boring

Talented writer, but hearing every thought from some extremely self absorbed, sad characters gets very old, very quickly.

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I loved it

I listened to it and I enjoyed Sue Miller's rich voice. She really felt every sentence of it. I loved it so much I did not want it to end. It reads out like a play, keeping into layer after layer of character building. Presenting the characters, examining them, not judging them. This is not a book for action lovers but it was a "page" turner for me because I could not stop listening to all the characters' thoughts and subtleties. The deep emotions, the precision of every scene, the humility of growing older, of being betrayed. This was my first Sue Miller book, I heard about it from a great review at NPR. I now what to read all her books. Thank you Sue Miller. Please narrate your other books too. Your characters really come to life through your voice.

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Contemplative

I found this book a slow moving contemplative look at a woman’s life, love, joys and regrets as she aged through to old lady. Insightful. Thought provoking...

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Unsatisfying

Sue Miller is a very gifted novelist who has a knack for fleshing out scenes and characters. Her novels will not appeal to anyone who likes a plot with suspense, mystery or action. This is a so-called character-driven novel where the reading enjoyment comes from getting into the lives of pretty ordinary people. In this novel, she takes us closely into the life of a married couple in which the husband cheated, but is otherwise a great guy, and who dies prematurely. I usually enjoy character-driven novels, but at a certain point, I found myself hoping for a subplot, something to justify the reading. All of the characters seem cold and unemotional, and overall I didn't feel anything big was at stake for anyone.
No complaints on the reading which was performed by the author. That was terrific.

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Struggled to finish, interesting at first, but then became a bit boring and I just wanted it to be over

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Monogamy

Characters were well developed and story line somewhat complicated, sad, and unresolved. It is always a treat to listen to the author read , and I thought that Sue Miller did a fantastic job. A little stretchy, but overall a very interesting journey into the human soul.

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