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Miller's Valley / Anna Quindlen.

By: Quindlen, Anna [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 257 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781471158773; 1471158772 .Subject(s): Girls -- Fiction | Farm life -- Fiction | Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Families -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Bildungsromans.DDC classification: 813.6 Summary: In the vein of Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread and Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton, Miller's Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget. In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. For generations the Millers have lived in Miller Valley, a small American town on the verge of enormous change. Mimi Miller describes her life, from the 1960s to the present, with intimacy and honesty, as though revealing it to the best friend she never had. 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, the risks of passion, loyalty and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realise, can be a place where it's just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel contented. A masterly study of family, memory and loss, Miller's Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.
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In the vein of Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread and Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton , Miller's Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget. In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself.<br> <br> For generations the Millers have lived in Miller Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life, from the 1960s to the present, with intimacy and honesty. As she 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 realise, can be 'a place where it's just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content'.<br> <br> Millers Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss and, ultimately, 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.' We are reminded that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

In the vein of Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread and Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton, Miller's Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget. In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. For generations the Millers have lived in Miller Valley, a small American town on the verge of enormous change. Mimi Miller describes her life, from the 1960s to the present, with intimacy and honesty, as though revealing it to the best friend she never had. 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, the risks of passion, loyalty and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realise, can be a place where it's just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel contented. A masterly study of family, memory and loss, Miller's Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

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In the 1960s, the residents of Miller's -Valley, a small Pennsylvania town that has seen more than its share of flooding, are being pressured by government officials to accept eminent domain, move out, and watch their town fill with water for a fancy new recreation area. Mimi Miller is a bright, independent teenager with a gift for science who's read the geologists' reports and understands the dark lies hidden beneath the promises of modern living. Her fracturing, strong-minded family is torn. Brother Tom, once a likable high school troublemaker, has returned from Vietnam a ruined man. Her Aunt Ruth, trapped by her own secrets, hasn't left the small house on the Miller property for years. Mimi's parents are divided; her nurse mother accepts the inevitable, while her farmer father can't imagine life anywhere else. Yet it's Mimi who holds them all together at no small cost to her own future. VERDICT In this crisply told story of progress, loss, love, deception, loyalty, and grace, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Quindlen once again captures her readers' attention from first page to last. [See Prepub Alert, 10/12/15.]-Beth Andersen, formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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