THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH AT 6 PM
IN CONVERSATION WITH KAREN JOY FOWLER
We are thrilled to announce that New York Times bestselling author, Sue Miller, will be appearing in a Bookshop West Portal virtual event to discuss her new book, Monogamy on September 24th, at 6 PM. When her debut novel The Good Mother was published, it took the literary world by storm. While I Was Gone was an Oprah book club pick and received rave reviews. Her breadth of work is observant and tenderly moving. We hope you can join us for this very special event.
In her new book Monogamy, she brings mature, deep insight to the story of a couple at the end of their long marriage. It is a brilliant novel, engrossing and haunting, about love, family, happiness, and sorrow.
Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. A golden couple, their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends. Graham is a bookseller, a big, gregarious man with large appetites--curious, eager to please, and a lover of life. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. When Graham suddenly dies--this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together--Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him? While she is still mourning him intensely, she discovers that Graham had been unfaithful to her; she spirals into darkness, wondering if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.
We are huge fans of Sue Miller at Bookshop West Portal and are fortunate to be one of the West coast bookstores she is visiting on her virtual book tour. Please support us and this book by buying a ticket to our event. The ticket is $25 and includes a signed copy of the book.
Sue Miller will be in conversation with the talented Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, and many other best selling novels. Please join us on Thursday, September 24th at 6 PM for a fascinating discussion between these two literary powerhouses!
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A brilliantly insightful novel, engrossing and haunting, about marriage, love, family, happiness and sorrow, from New York Times bestselling author Sue Miller.
Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. A golden couple, their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances.
Graham is a bookseller, a big, gregarious man with large appetites--curious, eager to please, a lover of life, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie's comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. She is about to have her first gallery show after a six-year lull and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two adult children; Lucas, Graham's son with his first wife, Frieda, works in New York. Annie and Graham's daughter, Sarah, lives in San Francisco. Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie feels confident in the knowledge that she is Graham's last and greatest love.
When Graham suddenly dies--this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together--Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him?
Then, while she is still mourning him intensely, she discovers that Graham had been unfaithful to her; and she spirals into darkness, wondering if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.
About the Author:
Sue Miller is recognized internationally for her elegant and sharply realistic accounts of the contemporary family. Her books have been widely translated and published in twenty-two countries around the world. The Good Mother (1986), the first of her eleven novels, was a smash New York Times bestseller. Subsequent novels include three Book-of-the-Month main selections: Family Pictures, While I Was Gone, and The Senator’s Wife. She is also the author of the memoir The Story of My Father. Her numerous honors include a Guggenheim and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. She was on the board of PEN-American Center, and for four years was Chair of PEN New England. She has taught fiction at, among others, Amherst, Tufts, Boston University, Smith, and MIT. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"A robust, character-driven examination of the inner workings of a lengthy marriage...The novel is grounded by vibrant prose, vividly portrayed secondary characters, and the resiliency of everlasting love...A spectacular, powerful return."-- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"The emotional beauty of Monogamy arises from the impact of her characters' interactions on one another, and how their memories of those interactions and of other events shape, shift and reshape."-- BookPage, Cover Interview (Starred Review)
"Miller's skill at depicting the intricacies of marriage, parenting, and domestic life, the atmosphere of the independent bookstore, and the pleasures of flowers, wine, and food, makes this book charming and inviting in a way that is somewhat at odds with its sorrowful impetus....A thoughtful and realistic portrait of those golden people who seem to have such enviable lives."-- Kirkus Reviews
"Miller takes on and renews familiar themes of trust and betrayal between husbands and wives, parents and children, and does so with her signature crystalline focus and boundless empathy. The grieving process is hard enough to endure without having to question everything one ever knew about the deceased, an emotional minefield Miller traverses with grace and authenticity that are both haunting and vital."-- Booklist, Starred Review
" Penetrating, intelligent, humane, funny too... And although it's such a sad subject it's somehow not a downbeat book, too smart and powerfully alive for that"-- Tessa Hadley
"Best-selling novelist Miller unflinchingly examines the scorching pain of love, betrayal, raw grief, and the slow slog to forgiveness and healing. An eyes-wide-open look at the cost of commitment in all its messy permutations."-- Library Journal
"I was completely wrapped up in the beautifully, and often so tenderly observed rollercoaster of grief. Oh my goodness with what exquisite truth Sue Miller writes. An invaluably moving book"-- Juliet Nicolson