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 Red Riding Hood) or will she be permanently lost in the forest? 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!
"..... this fine novel .... is in fact gently comic. For, as we know, comedy in literature stresses the community, and its ongoing life, while tragedy stresses the individual, who is doomed. Lost in the Forest is a comedy in the exact and best literary sense, for it stresses beautifully the continuation of the social unit with which it is concerned." - Washington Post.
"....while some of her plots (that of While I Was Gone, for example) can be cluttered and occasionally clumsy, Lost in the Forest has a seemingly effortless grace; Miller quickly captures and never loses our attention." - The New York Times Sunday Review.
This review is from the August 2, 2006 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.
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