Once again Sue Miller takes us deep into the private lives
of women with this mesmerizing portrait of two marriages exposed in all their
shame and imperfection, and in their obdurate, unyielding love.
Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of
her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between
reality and expectation. Delia Naughton—wife of the two-term liberal senator
Tom Naughton—is Meri’s new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house.
Delia’s husband’s chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington
circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between
them remains strong. What keeps people together, even in the midst of profound
betrayal? How can a journey imperiled by, and sometimes indistinguishable from,
compromise and disappointment culminate in healing and grace? Delia and Meri
find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, both reckoning with the
contours and mysteries of marriage, one refined and abraded by years of
complicated intimacy, the other barely begun.
Here are all the things for which Sue Miller has always been
beloved—the complexity of experience precisely rendered, the richness of
character and emotion, the superb economy of style—fused with an utterly
engrossing story. Download and start listening now!