Monogamy sits at the perfect spot between book club picks and literary prizes - and will delight fans of Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Strout, Marilynne Robinson, Tessa Hadley and Anne EnrightSue Miller's books have sold over 800,000 copies and been sold into 22 countries. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists for four decades, and been selected for the Oprah Book Club and the Richard & Judy Book ClubMiller is a writer of literary prestige as well as commercial success: a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and a Radcliffe Institute fellowship, she has taught fiction at, among others, Amherst, Tufts, Boston University, Smith, and MITSue Miller was born in Chicago in 1943. She is the bestselling author of ten previous novels including The Good Mother, The Distinguished Guest, the Oprah Book Club selection While I Was Gone, Lost in the Forest, the Richard & Judy choice The Senator's Wife, The Lake Shore Limited, The Arsonist and the acclaimed memoir The Story of My Father. Her books have been published in 22 countries and she has been awarded a Guggenheim and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Sue Miller lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. suemillerofficial.comA New York Times Book of the Year DAILY MAIL 'BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR TO GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS' SUNDAY EXPRESS' S MAGAZINE 'WINTER WARMERS' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 'BEST BOOKS OF 2020' ONLINE 'One of the most emotionally truthful novels I have ever read' DAISY BUCHANAN 'Almost every line glows with even-handed wisdom - a superb novel, beautifully put together' DAILY MAIL 'An invaluably moving book' JULIET NICOLSON 'One to read first for the story and then to re-read at leisure and marvel at how real these people feel' ERIN KELLY 'Penetrating, intelligent, humane, funny too ... Smart and powerfully alive' TESSA HADLEY Annie is not the first love of Graham's life but she is, he thinks, his last and greatest. Very recently, he has faltered; but he means to put it right. Here they are in marriage, in late middle age, in comfort. Mismatched, and yet so well matched: the bookseller with his appetite, his conviviality, his bigness; the photographer with her delicacy, her astuteness, her reserve. The children are offstage, grown up and scattered on either coast; Graham's first wife, Frieda, is peaceably in their lives, but not between them. Then the unthinkable happens. Now Annie stumbles in the dark: did she know all there was to know about the man who loved her? If no marriage is without its small indiscretions, how great does a betrayal have to be to be to break it? A novel about marriage, family, secrets and love, Monogamy confirms Sue Miller's place among the greatest writers at work in America today.A beautiful and bittersweet novel about marriage, loss and betrayal, by the international bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club pick The Senator's WifeIt was such a pleasure to read the work of someone so talented at the very peak of their powers - it is elegant, assured, captivating and devastating, and it's one of the most emotionally truthful novels I have ever read. Annie filled my head and my heart - this book will stay with me foreverThis US writer isn't as well known here as she should be - if you like Anne Tyler or Elizabeth Strout, check out this wise, witty page-turnerSue Miller's engrossing novel is infused with generosity and the complicated kind of love readers will recognize from real lifeAn underrated master of US fiction ... Miller asks big questions about marriage and whether it's worth the sacrifices involved. And these fascinating insights are wrapped up in a page-turning plot, tooTerrific ... I loved this insightful, wise and witty novelA rich, complex book ... Her great gift is how clearly she sees these all-important people of hers, even in the smallest of moments .Without exception Miller's minor characters spring to life with Dickensian vividness . An old-fashioned, slow burn of a novel that allows readers to dream deeply. Miller knows exactly who she is and what she wants to take pictures of. As a result those pictures are full of depth and contrast and lush detail. They need to be studied, not glanced at. They belong in an art gallery, not on InstagramThe shifting perspectives in the narrative . demonstrate how dependent truth is on what is shown to us. Sue Miller's skillfulness at doing so makes a familiar plot into an original story that reflects the real-life complexity of long relationships. Monogamy demonstrates that Miller remains one of the finest cartographers of the territory of marriageMonogamy is a beautifully nuanced portrait of a marriage, and a devastatingly moving insight into love, desire, grief, loss and creativity. Miller's writing is exquisitely understated, with sentences so perfectly formed they'll take your breath awayA poignant page-turner, delving deep into our most intimate relationshipsMiller explores the aftermath of bereavement, in a patient, grown-up style that nonetheless refuses to deny us the thrill of late twists and revelations. Almost every line glows with even handed wisdom - a superb novel, beautifully put togetherOh my goodness with what exquisite truth Sue Miller writes. The intimacies and doubts and emotion-swerving relationship that IS marriage, that emotional snakes and ladders, tamed during the day but unleashed in the middle of the night ,were skewered with such perfect insight. I was completely wrapped up in the beautifully, and often so tenderly observed rollercoaster of grief. An invaluably moving bookA sensual and perceptive novel . With humour 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 griefA gripping novelAn absorbing and meticulously crafted page-turner . Miller depicts both her characters and their environs with such tenderness and precision that many readers will feel regret when Miller's story, like life itself, reaches its inevitable endSubtle, luxurious pleasure. BlissNo one illuminates the intimacies and betrayals of family life quite like MillerPenetrating, intelligent, humane, funny too ... Smart and powerfully aliveIn her latest spellbinding read, Sue Miller pulls back the curtain of idealism that has been shielding a complex relationship from scrutiny . Heart-wrenching and absorbingAmbitions, stumbles and fears - of being too honest, or too cold - all surface as they face perhaps the worst that can happen to a coupleMiller invests her protagonists with such humanity, you care for even the most flawed of themSo many books are written about the early days of marriage but few authors capture what it is to see it through to the bitter end ... One to read first for the story and then to re-read at leisure and marvel at how real these people feelMiller is concerned with deeper mysteries of human motivation . A writer with an uncanny compass for the contraryMiller's thoughtful, searching prose fills in all the background details, and her vivid characters are utterly believable. BrilliantAn eloquent chronicler of the complexities of ordinary relationships, whose informal language belies the depths of her insights . Miller nails the contradictory emotions and desires that are responsible for people so often bypassing the seemingly easy road to happinessMiller writes with grace and poise, crafting an examination of love and loss that is both understated and emotionally chargedMiller writes with tremendous subtlety and perceptionFull of Ms. Miller's signature intelligence about people caught between moral responsibility and a hunger for self-realisationSue Miller's writing, while never showy, builds an honest, elegant world around the readerFiction so rich, so thoughtful, so absorbing that reading it is like experiencing the passage in our own lives
Sue Miller was born in Chicago in 1943. She is the bestselling author of ten previous novels including The Good Mother, The Distinguished Guest, the Oprah Book Club selection While I Was Gone, Lost in the Forest, the Richard & Judy choice The Senator's Wife, The Lake Shore Limited and the acclaimed memoir The Story of My Father. Sue Miller lives in Boston, Massachusetts.