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3.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 5 3.23 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Miller Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780739320242
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For nearly two decades, since the publication of her iconic first novel, The Good Mother, Sue Miller has distinguished herself as one of our most elegant and widely celebrated chroniclers of family life, with a singular gift for laying bare the interior lives of her characters. In each of her novels, Miller has written with exquisite precision about the experience of grace in daily life–the sudden, epiphanic recognition of the extraordinary amid the ordinary–as well as the sharp and unexpected motions of the human heart away from it, toward an unruly netherworld of upheaval and desire. But never before have Miller’s powers been keener or more transfixing than they are in Lost in the Forest, a novel set in the vineyards of Northern California that tells the story of a young girl who, in the wake of a tragic accident, seeks solace in a damaging love affair with a much older man.

Eva, a divorced and happily remarried mother of three, runs a small bookstore in a town north of San Francisco. When her second husband, John, is killed in a car accident, her family’s fragile peace is once again overtaken by loss. Emily, the eldest, must grapple with newfound independence and responsibility. Theo, the youngest, can only begin to fathom his father’s death. But for Daisy, the middle child, John’s absence opens up a world of bewilderment, exposing her at the onset of adolescence to the chaos and instability that hover just beyond the safety of parental love. In her sorrow, Daisy embarks on a harrowing sexual odyssey, a journey that will cast her even farther out onto the harsh promontory of adulthood and lost hope.

With astonishing sensuality and immediacy, Lost in the Forest moves through the most intimate realms of domestic life, from grief and sex to adolescence and marriage. It is a stunning, kaleidoscopic evocation of a family in crisis, written with delicacy and masterful care. For her lifelong fans and those just discovering Sue Miller for the first time, here is a rich and gorgeously layered tale of a family breaking apart and coming back together again: Sue Miller at her inimitable best.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie Kaplan | 2/17/2014

    " After finishing this book, I thought: "Why have I never read Sue Miller before?" As someone who is inherently interested in families, I found this book a fascinating window inside a reconstituted family. It is the story of Eva, a divorced woman who is happily remarried with two teenage daughters and a young son from her second marriage. Her new husband dies in a tragic accident and this dramatically alters the family. In many ways the book is focused most on the story of Daisy, the second daughter, and middle child, who was especially close to John and has trouble showcasing her grief. She enters adolescence abruptly, operating in a changed family structure, and longing to find a place to be accepted. She looks to her happy, cheerleading older sister and thinks herself ugly in comparison. She doesn't understand why she has grown apart from her sister who she previously felt close to. She begins an affair with an older family friend that will forever alter her life and lead her to seek support from an unlikely source: her father. Thus the book is also the story of Mark, a man who messed up his first marriage for reasons beyond his understanding, a man who finds a way to truly be a father by providing guidance to his middle daughter, who is so very in need of love, support and a positive male role model. Miller is a superb story-teller. But she is also concise. Every word works it into her story. And each chapter seems to begin with a concise straight-forward sentence. Her dialogue is incredibly realistic and she so easily displays the inner thoughts of her characters. She portrays grief and the confusing process of adolescence and parenting after divorce in such a realistic and poignant way. I look forward to reading more of Miller's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shana | 2/13/2014

    " I found most compelling the insights into the father-daughter relationship as daughters age, and as divorce makes involved fatherhood more complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norah | 2/9/2014

    " Slow moving but thoughtful and quite well constructed, but really the title has nothing to do with it, except for a childhood reference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen Pence | 2/4/2014

    " Good, but not the be-all-end-all of Miller's books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Fangboner | 2/3/2014

    " Read it for my book club. It's not the kind of book that I would choose to read. I don't like the way she jumps to the future and talks about "years later when this comes out in therapy." She doesn't pull it off successfully. The children call their mother by her first name when talking about her? Weird. Tedious to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/22/2014

    " ~I have an urge to read or reread more of Sue Miler's books. Such careful chronicling of the intersections of inner and outer lives. Thought-provoking and feeling-evoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/16/2014

    " An interesting and steamy sort of mystery. Enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Spivack | 12/30/2013

    " This novel makes my top 10 list. The subject matter is upsetting -- a young girl seduced by an older friend of the family. But the writing is gorgeous and you care so much about this family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Geer | 12/30/2013

    " Set in the vineyards of Northern California, about Daisy and her family. Daisy as a very young girl is involved in an affair with a much older man, after a tragic accident which killed her stepfather of whom she was very fond. OK read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/27/2013

    " About a divorced couple, how they came to be divorced and what the effect on the kids were and how we everyone ended up in the long run. Too drawn out and boring for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stellarbabes | 12/18/2013

    " totally absorbing....talks of loss and death in a way that I've not read before. she allows you to enter the soul of the person she is writing about "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ceri | 12/5/2013

    " I've just read 2 by Sue Miller. Very good strong characters, very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/5/2013

    " Well written story of loss and its affects on a family. Some pieces felt less believable than others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 12/5/2013

    " Forgot that I hate Sue Miller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 11/15/2013

    " Grief, sex, adolescence and marriage. What more is there? Makes my life seem ordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shrop | 7/3/2013

    " Pretty racy. A quick read, interesting story with some ethical twists and turns thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/1/2013

    " This rating may be generous, but I love Sue Miller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith M. | 7/17/2012

    " I just couldn't get into this. I didn't really like the characters and I get way too creeped out by old men seducing teenagers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 6/20/2012

    " Worth trying some of her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/21/2012

    " really creepy/ scary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise Hamilton | 10/14/2011

    " Story about a family shattered by the accidental death of the husband/step-father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/19/2011

    " One of those books that has a good start, and the writing itself is decent. The story seemed to stall around the middle - just when it should have gotten better. I ended this book thinking, "really, that's all, that's it???". Don't waste your time, I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/22/2011

    " I truly enjoyed this book. Sue Miller always makes me stretch my vocabulary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 3/15/2011

    " Just started book on CD; starting out slow, but sounds good so far.

    3/28/11 - finished over the weekend. I give it a "C". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/25/2011

    " Oh, yum, a Sue Miller book I haven't read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cari | 2/12/2011

    " The plot was not very good. I was easily bored reading this book. There wasn't real closure in the end it just all of a sudden skipped ahead multiple years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celeste | 1/5/2011

    " Semi-interesting but badly written. The good reviews of this book really mystify me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peacegal | 12/18/2010

    " This is an unusual book, and not the sort I usually read. To be honest, I didn’t find it especially memorable. The author could also, at times, resort to cheesiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 10/5/2010

    " Grief, sex, adolescence and marriage. What more is there? Makes my life seem ordinary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 10/2/2010

    " A riveting and troubling account of what happens to a teenage girl after a family tragedy. There is resolution at the end, but it's not necessarily satisfying. Very good. "

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About the Author
Author Sue Miller

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of the novels Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, and The Good Mother; the story collection Inventing the Abbotts; and the memoir The Story of My Father. She lives in Boston.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.