Published April 5, 2016
I have read quite a few of Anna Quindlen’s books and I have enjoyed them all.
Miller’s Valley was no exception.
During the first few chapters I was really wondering if I was going to be able to keep reading. It wasn’t that it was hard to follow, if anything it just felt like there wasn’t much going on. But as I kept reading, it kind of snuck up on me, pulling me along. Before I knew it, I was nearing the end of a story that I wished would go on.
Told from Mary Margaret “Mimi” Miller’s point of view as she grows up on her family farm. Mary Margaret is a Miller of Miller’s Valley. Over the years Mimi hears a lot through the vent in her house. When the sump pump is off it makes for easy listening to whatever talks are happening in the kitchen. A lot of local gossip but especially a lot of talk about the plans for Miller’s Valley.
A true coming of age story. I became attached to the characters and the things that were happening in their lives. This novel is full of such wonderful and well-developed characters. I could feel both their happiness and their pain as they go through the trials and tribulations of life.
I loved Mimi Miller. Watching her grow from an 11-year-old child to an adult, I enjoyed as she interacted with those around her.
Anna Quindlen has an incredible way of writing about people, relationships, and family dynamics. A lot of the situations that come up in her books are things that could easily happen to any of us, which makes it a story that many can relate to.
This is a well written and beautiful novel that I am very happy to have had the chance to read.
I hope I don’t have to wait too long for more from this phenomenal author.