For nearly two decades, since the publication of her iconic first novel,
The Good Mother, Sue Miller has distinguished herself as one of our most
elegant and widely celebrated chroniclers of family life, with a singular gift
for laying bare the interior lives of her characters. In each of her novels,
Miller has written with exquisite precision about the experience of grace in
daily lifethe sudden, epiphanic recognition of the extraordinary amid the
ordinaryas well as the sharp and unexpected motions of the human heart away
from it, toward an unruly netherworld of upheaval and desire. But never before
have Millers powers been keener or more transfixing than they are in Lost in
the Forest, a novel set in the vineyards of Northern California that tells
the story of a young girl who, in the wake of a tragic accident, seeks solace in
a damaging love affair with a much older man.
Eva, a divorced and happily remarried mother of three, runs a small bookstore in
a town north of San Francisco. When her second husband, John, is killed in a car
accident, her familys fragile peace is once again overtaken by loss. Emily, the
eldest, must grapple with newfound independence and responsibility. Theo, the
youngest, can only begin to fathom his fathers death. But for Daisy, the middle
child, Johns absence opens up a world of bewilderment, exposing her at the
onset of adolescence to the chaos and instability that hover just beyond the
safety of parental love. In her sorrow, Daisy embarks on a harrowing sexual
odyssey, a journey that will cast her even farther out onto the harsh promontory
of adulthood and lost hope.
With astonishing sensuality and immediacy, Lost in the Forest moves
through the most intimate realms of domestic life, from grief and sex to
adolescence and marriage. It is a stunning, kaleidoscopic evocation of a family
in crisis, written with delicacy and masterful care. For her lifelong fans and
those just discovering Sue Miller for the first time, here is a rich and
gorgeously layered tale of a family breaking apart and coming back together
again: Sue Miller at her inimitable best.
I know this sounds like pretty standard stuff but as I've said before (and will likely say again!) it's not what you tell, it's the way you tell it. In Miller's hands other people's lives are surprisingly interesting! (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
...examines love and betrayal in idyllic wine country in another minutely observed, finely paced exploration of domestic relationships.
Booklist - Joanne Wilkinson
Starred Review. In her riveting new novel, Miller once again demonstrates her singular gift for capturing the rhythms of daily family life... It's easy to underestimate Miller's artistry because her writing is never showy.
Miller at her best: engrossing characters and a plot that turns unexpected corners.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Dianne A question...not a review I have partially read your new book, "Lost in the Forest", and like your others, it's a good read. But, I am discouraged on reading further because of the bold print of certain words/phrases on nearly every page. Why is that? My assumption is that... Read More
Rated of 5
by Dan Silver Sue Miller--Subtle Wonderful Read I don't know why, but for some reason Sue Miller's writing soars with more apparent ease than any author I know. The story is engaging, the conflicts make your heart stop at times, and there is nothing you are reading that seems to be taking you... Read More
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
time as she could to write. Their son, Ben, was born in
She and her husband separated in 1970 and for the
next 13 years she juggled being a single parent in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, with...
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