Any story informed quickly, without the relax or warmth of accrued details, becomes a cliche. For example: After 30 or so years of a pretty satisfied marriage, a female wakes to discover her husband dead beside her. Her grief is sort of insufferable until, at his memorial, she discovers he had been having an affair. She turns into angry. What then? We’ve heard this story a couple of times, and that is one manner to summarize the story Sue Miller tells in her eleventh novel, Monogamy. The excellent method to this unbelievably true novel, however, is to keep away from precis altogether and honestly urge readers to read—and reread—the e-book itself.
Here is a flavor of what a reader will find: The lengthy marriage of Annie and Graham is a second marriage for both. Each has a past that captured and fashioned them. Graham, who co-owns a book shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a passionate, needy, beneficiant man who clasps his beyond—his ex-wife, for example—more intently than Annie does hers. It’s not irrelevant that Annie, a thoughtful character and a properly-now not-extremely good photographer, views the world through her own lens and continues any boisterous turbulence at a bit of a distance. Annie and Graham truly do love one another. But the past is always up for reevaluation. So is our information of ourselves and others.
Miller is terrific at conveying and illuminating the inner lives of her characters, and she remains considered one of the high-quality writers at depicting the everyday normality of sexual desire. Events occur in this novel—normal forms of things—and Miller’s attention, her descriptions and the pace at which she famous them help us experience those events in reality and deeply. She has observed in Monogamy possibly the exceptional expression of her longtime hobby in sociograms, an exercise to illustrate how lives intersect and influence each other. Among the relationships of the characters in Monogamy, there are reverberations upon reverberations.
How extremely good is Monogamy? If this isn't Miller’s exceptional novel, it is in reality among her very first-class. One degree of this is how the experience of it deepens with each reading.
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Sue Miller on our ever-changing perceptions of ourselves and every other.