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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,025 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Miller Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of While I Was Gone, a stunning new novel that showcases Sue Miller’s singular gift for exposing the nerves that lie hidden in marriages and families and the hopes and regrets that lie buried in the hearts of women.

Maine, 1919. Georgia Rice, who has cared for her father and two siblings since her mother’s death, is diagnosed, at nineteen, with tuberculosis and sent away to a sanitarium. Freed from the burdens of caretaking, she discovers a nearly lost world of youth and possibility and meets the doomed young man who will become her lover.

Vermont, present day. On the heels of a divorce, Catherine Hubbard, Georgia’s granddaughter, takes up residence in Georgia’s old house. Sorting through her own affairs, Cath stumbles upon the true story of Georgia’s life and marriage and of the misunderstanding upon which she built a lasting love.

With the tales of these two women—one a country doctor’s wife with a haunting past, the other a twice-divorced San Francisco schoolteacher casting about at midlife for answers to her future—Miller offers us a novel of astonishing richness and emotional depth. Linked by bitter disappointments, compromise, and powerful grace, the lives of Georgia and Cath begin to seem remarkably similar, despite their distinctly different times: two young girls, generations apart, motherless at nearly the same age, thrust into early adulthood, struggling with confusing bonds of attachment and guilt; both of them in marriages that are not what they seem, forced to make choices that call into question the very nature of intimacy, faithfulness, betrayal, and love. Marvelously written, expertly told, The World Below captures the shadowy half-truths of the visible world and the beauty and sorrow submerged beneath the surfaces of our lives—the lost world of the past, our lost hopes for the future. A tour de force from one of our most beloved storytellers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book over a couple of weeks because it started out pretty slowly. I wasn't sure I liked the main character Catherine at first, but I did like the parts set in her grandmother's time. Eventually Catherine became more likable and the story picked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dlittle | 2/9/2014

    " Another book I had already read!!! UGGHHH! It was a good book about a woman after her 2nd divorce going to stay at her grandmother's house, where she had been raised. She finds a lot about her grandmother. Her grandmother had been to a TB sanitarium when she was younger before she married her grandfather and had a relationship with a boy she met there. OK book, not sure if I would recommend. Easy, light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Irene | 2/7/2014

    " This story is about a young woman whose life is changed by an illness she contracts...consumption. The way her life changes though is not at all what we might think. It's a story told in bits and pieces by her granddaughter- who finds her grandmother's journals, I love that she accidentally finds them, and they help her in her own life, making sense of it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Merilee | 2/5/2014

    " I love books that alternate between different time periods. Really enjoyed this author's writing style - I was drawn to the unusual world of the san and the characters were so likable because they were cerebral, emotional, and flawed. I think this book would appeal to different people in different times of their lives. I will be reading it again once some more time goes by and the lucidity of the prose is new again!!! "

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