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April 4, 2016

Mailbox Monday


Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.

by Anna Quindlen
On sale April 5, 2016


Whooohooo! I'm a huge fan of Quindlen's books, both fiction and nonfiction, so I was thrilled to snag a copy of her upcoming release last week at work. JoAnn (of Lakeside Musing) says it's the best book she's read this year, so I was more than eager to start reading it on Saturday afternoon. I'm already on page 142 (past the halfway mark) and look forward to reading more later tonight. I don't know if it will be my favorite read for 2016, but so far it's very good.
Filled with the remarkable insight that is the hallmark of Anna Quindlen's beloved bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age as she unearths surprising secrets about her family, and unexpected truths about herself.

"No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, not really, even if they go," says Mimi Miller as she tells the story of her life, from the 1960s to the present, in a small American town on the verge of change. The Miller family has lived and farmed in Miller's Valley for generations, but Mimi sees change looming at the corners of her community and within the walls of her home. As she grows up and discovers sex, love, and ambition, what has seemed bound together begins to drift apart: Mimi's mother from her reclusive sister, Ruth; her damaged brother Tommy from his family and son; and the community itself, menaced by the lingering presence of government officials. As Mimi looks back on the past, she comes to understand that her family and her town itself may always have been destined to disappear.

Anna Quindlen's stunning new novel is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery and finding home. 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.

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14 comments:

  1. That sounds wonderful!

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    1. I'm almost finished...

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  2. Glad you're enjoying it! Quindlen and I go way back... this really is her best in a long time.

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    1. I'm enjoying it, JoAnn, but I still think Every Last One was her best. Probably because is resonated so strongly with me and my family's situation, though.

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  3. I like her books, and this one sounds good too.

    I like the premise...thanks for sharing.

    Have a great reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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    1. Elizabeth, Quindlen is one of my favorite authors. I'm almost finished with the book, but probably won't get a review posted for a few more weeks, at best! Thanks again for commenting.

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  4. I love Anna Quindlen, too. She's so...honest, and says things I can totally relate to. I seem to remember her writing something about the wonderful parts of being imperfect, which is so refreshing to me! Trying to think of the title, now, of course...

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    1. Meredith, you are so right! Quindlen is so honest and so easy to relate to. I'm eager to read more of her nonfiction... I have two books on my shelf waiting for just the right time. This new book is quite good and I'm just about finished. I'm enjoying it, but I can't say that I love it as I have some of her others.

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  5. Oh that's a great mailbox goodie! I haven't read one of her books in forever so I'm looking forward to this one!

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    1. Iliana, my favorite of hers is still Every Last One, but this one is very entertaining and thought-provoking. I hope you get a chance to read it soon.

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  6. Sounds good! This is going on my reading list.

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    1. Leslie, Quindlen is one of my favorite authors and one who can write about domestic life with rich detail and emotion, pulling me into the lives of her characters with great ease. I'll be anxious to hear what you think of this book. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    1. Lisa, I'm enjoying it and look forward to reading more (and I will probably finish) later this afternoon.

      How are you enjoying all this WIND?!!!! Yuck.

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