Lost in the Forest has been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006
Sue Miller is the bestselling author of the novels The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, Inventing the Abbotts and The Good Mother, and of the acclaimed memoir The Story of My Father. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Following her successful memoir, The Story of My Father, Miller returns to fiction with this dramatic tale of a family in trouble. Young, middle-class Eva was shattered by the divorce that followed her husband's infidelity but eventually bounced back, thanks largely to John, her prosperous and kindly second husband. During five years of happy marriage, he has been a wonderful stepfather to Eva's two daughters, and he dotes on their two-year-old son. When John dies suddenly, despair overwhelms the household. Deep in her own grief, Eva misreads the needs of her complex middle child, Daisy. Sad, confused, and feeling ignored, the teenage girl is lured into a sexual relationship with Duncan, an older man married to Eva's closest friend. Internal and familial tensions escalate until birth father Mark somewhat reluctantly asserts himself, risking behavior that may either restore harmony or impose further pain on the wounded people he loves. As usual, Miller displays a fine ear for adult-child interactions, and this novel's themes of identity, personal responsibility, and victimization make it a good book-club candidate. Recommended for most collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/04.]-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax Cty. P.L., VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'Sue Miller has been making it new now for a long time, and Lost in the Forest is a shining affirmation that her power only continues to grow' Washington Post 'Sue Miller's latest novel secures her place in the company of writers like Anne Tyler and Alison Lurie ... Lost in the Forest has a seemingly effortless grace; Miller quickly captures and never loses our attention' Daily Mail 'Sue Miller brings unusual skill in the exploration of women's hopes and regrets. The careful build-up of detail, and an acute understanding of all the facts and feelings which lie behind disguises, make this a sensitive examination of two private lives' Sunday Telegraph 'Wonderful - rich, intelligent and moving ... this is the fiction we need' Los Angeles Times