Sue Miller turns her magnifying glass on the family of Eva and Mark. Their
marriage hit a road bump some years back when Mark had an affair, and their three
teenage children now live with Eva and her second husband, John - that is until
he dies in a freak accident and Mark comes back into Eva's life to help with the
children while she grieves. While John is waking up to the fact that he
still loves Eva, Eva is confounded by her own grief, and the three children deal
with events in their own way, with much of the focus being on 15-year-old Daisy
as she deals with her loss via various secret acts of defiance, culminating in
an affair with an older man.
The question is, how will the characters
find their way through this loss and can Daisy find her way back to her path and out of the arms of the predatory
wolf (á la Little...
Beyond the Book
Sue Miller was born in Chicago in 1943, the second of four
children. She describes herself as 'a reader, a painter,
an inventor of solitary projects, the quiet child in a
fairly boisterous family'. When she was 16 she went to
Radcliffe College, Harvard. She says that she was
'simply too young to have done this... overwhelmed, I
stumbled unhappily around Harvard for four years'. She
graduated at the age of 20 and was married 2 months
later. She worked at a variety of jobs while supporting
her husband through medical school and finding as much...