Miller's Valley

Miller's Valley

eBook - 2016
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In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen's bestsellers, Miller's Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget. For generations the Millers have lived in Miller's Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be "a place where it's just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content." Miller's Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, "No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go."
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780812996098
0812996097
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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okbookgirl
Jul 10, 2017

I have always admired Quindlen's writing, especially her early work in journalism. Some of her novels speak to me more than others, but never are they a disappointment. "Miller's Valley" moves very slowly at first, but had my full attention by the middle of the book. The wounded brother and the troubled aunt are particularly well drawn and totally believable.

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readerpat
May 25, 2017

I loved this book. Very interesting story about the government wanting to flood a valley which will cover up the whole town of Millers Valley. Good ending.

samdog123 May 04, 2017

Sometimes a place defines who you are as a person. Miller's Valley does that for our main character Mimi Miller. Mimi grows up in Miller's Valley, which is doomed to become a reservoir through relentless government planning. It's a rare treat to read about a character and her family and feel like you know them as you follow them throughout their lives. Mimi is someone I'd like to know and I've certainly known families similar to hers in my own life, although not in the same circumstances. Although it was a slow start, at about 50 pages in, the story totally grabbed me and I enjoyed every moment.

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cherymcginness
Apr 24, 2017

Millers Valley, government wants to build a dam for flood control. Lake will cover the whole valley. Very detailed story about the Miller family.

Katherine_A Mar 17, 2017

This is the first title I have read by Anna Quindlin. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and believable. I liked how the story was told by Mimi, starting out as a young person and growing into an adult. The themes of family, relationships and the dealing with change are at the forefront of this beautifully crafted novel.

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EmilyEm
Dec 09, 2016

Mimi Miller will be the last Miller to live in Miller’s Valley. Readers will hear Mimi tell her story beginning in the 1960s to the current time. It’s a coming- of age story, but also a story of a place. Miller’s Valley is slated to become a flood prevention project that creates a recreational lake, meaning the Miller’s family farm will be under the waters.

Quindlen writes with grace and wit. If you grew up in a rural community in the 1960s, this could be your story. Living for a time in Riley County, KS, we heard stories of lost communities that were submerged under Tuttle Creek Lake. So, this book resonated to me on two fonts.

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CMLibrary_larnold
Oct 29, 2016

Pleasantly surprised by my first Anna Quindlen read. Characters are well developed and relatable.

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molly
Aug 26, 2016

Very disappointing from Quindlen. Very very ordinary.

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ronchervy
Aug 16, 2016

Wonderful read. Couldn't put it down.

AL_PAMELAH Aug 16, 2016

Nothing much happens in this book except for life. Real life lived in a fully realized town. And a wonderful ending helps to overcome the somewhat predictable middle. Liked a lot.

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