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Monogamy: A Novel de Sue Miller
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Monogamy: A Novel (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Sue Miller (Autor)

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NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020! NPR BEST BOOK OF 2020 PEOPLE MAGAZINE TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR BOOKPAGE BEST BOOK OF 2020 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020 "A sensual and perceptive novel. . . . With humor and humanity, Miller resists the simple scorned-wife story and instead crafts a revelatory tale of the complexities--and the absurdities--of love, infidelity, and grief."  --O, the Oprah Magazine 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. Their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. By all appearances, they are a golden couple. 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 Graham intensely, she discovers a ruinous secret, one that will spiral her into darkness and force her to question whether she ever truly knew the man who loved her.… (més)
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Títol:Monogamy: A Novel
Autors:Sue Miller (Autor)
Informació:Harper (2020), Edition: First Edition, 2nd printing, 352 pages
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Annie and Graham seem to have the perfect marriage. They enjoy each other’s company, have great sex and complement each other’s lifestyles. Graham is the ebullient and charismatic owner of the bookstore where they met, and she is a photographer. He interacts well with people, and she likes to observe them. It is Graham’s second marriage and Annie’s first. They have one child together, Sarah. He has one son from his first marriage, Lucas. Graham’s first marriage ended because of his infidelity. Like his size, his demands were often too large to be satisfied appropriately. He was a good father but not such a loyal, good husband. Still he has remained on good terms with Frieda, his ex, and the two families have blended so well together, that Annie and Frieda are great friends.
The novel examines several different kinds of loving relationships and child-rearing styles. Whatever touches the human condition, like aspirations, hopes and dreams, sibling rivalry, infidelity, sexuality, secrets, creativity, rebellion, fear, and even subtle allusions to some political beliefs, as certain names are sprinkled throughout the book, like Obama, McCain, and Palin, are all worked together, to produce an insightful novel about the lives and lifestyles of “everyman” and ”everywoman”, if I may be so bold as to refer to gender. The novel explores these relationships in great detail, from their birth to their end, through natural and unnatural progressions. In some cases divorce rears its head, in some cases illness creates chaos, and in some cases, alternate life styles interfere with what was once a happy family. Often, our perceptions of what is, have nothing to do with reality and we make judgments based on false assumptions or emotions rather than intellect. The novel explores the disappointments, secrets, betrayals, and grief that a marriage could be wont to, that some couples are bound to encounter or experience over their decades of marriage, as well as their joys and celebrations.
On the whole, while the novel is engaging, it is not uplifting. As it explores the complications that come with aging, as we visit our memories and our memory loss, as our friendships new and old dissolve, our misunderstandings and our petty differences enrage, as we conduct business and experience pleasure together and alone, the passage of time, with all the encumbrances it brings to our changing relationships as loved ones are lost to us, is well illustrated and often sadly defined. I wondered, at the end, do most of us feel like outsiders, at one time or another? Do we all have to work out how to feel included and comfortable with ourselves, alone, and not always with a partner, regardless of the circumstances? Do some people simply possess that skill of fitting in, while some of us simply always feel we do not?
The author reads her own novel well, which is not always the case, but the narrative frequently gets bogged down as the reader/listener is suddenly shocked with referrals to the sex act or parts of the human body that are unnecessarily crude, or to other natural events with inappropriate references. Why use the expression dog “piss”, when a more polite form of expression is available, or “shitty” diapers when you could say soiled? Such use of language was unexpected and distracting as it took “realistic” a bit too far and was not representative of the work of this fine author. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Apr 2, 2022 |
I liked this book -- deep and richly textured with a complex cast of characters -- but I instinctively can only give it 4 stars. Why? Especially since I find absolutely nothing wrong with it. A puzzlement. ( )
  AngelaLam | Feb 8, 2022 |
Contemplative and tender - reminded me of the kindness Stewart O'Nan exhibits toward his characters. How have I not read Sue Miller before? Eager to explore her backlist. ( )
  kittykitty3 | Jan 26, 2022 |
I generally like Sue Miller's books, but this one was harder to get through. In the beginning I got sick of all the sex talk. Later I appreciated the intricate character descriptions and the psychological content. Sometimes it was a long winded and whiny. I give it three start because most of the time I enjoyed reading it. ( )
  Marietje.Halbertsma | Jan 9, 2022 |
Graham and Annie have been married for 30 years and to all appearances have the perfect marriage. But as any married person can tell you, appearances are not always what they seem. Sue Miller explores the ups and downs of this marriage, exposing all of its cracks, but also its strengths and joys. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 2, 2021 |
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"Love isn't just what two people have together, it's what two people make together, so of course, it's never the same."
She was lost. She'd lost herself. When?
This was how you did it, she thought. How you managed in life. And she had, hadn't she? Right now, the conscious noticing of the sun over the beautiful sweeps of pale-gold spartina, over the dark sea, the faraway boats. These last days, holding the baby, singing to her. At home, the careful preparation of the meal for one. The ritual glass of wine. The slow making of music from the patterns of notes on the lined page.
All in the service of some sense of...what? Purpose, she supposed. Order.
Or loveliness. A sense of loveliness that made everything possible.
Why shouldn't you have to work to hold on to it?
She felt—she had felt for months—that she had nothing of interest to say to anyone.
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NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020! NPR BEST BOOK OF 2020 PEOPLE MAGAZINE TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR BOOKPAGE BEST BOOK OF 2020 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020 "A sensual and perceptive novel. . . . With humor and humanity, Miller resists the simple scorned-wife story and instead crafts a revelatory tale of the complexities--and the absurdities--of love, infidelity, and grief."  --O, the Oprah Magazine 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. Their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. By all appearances, they are a golden couple. 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 Graham intensely, she discovers a ruinous secret, one that will spiral her into darkness and force her to question whether she ever truly knew the man who loved her.

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