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The Senator's Wife
by Sue Miller

Overview - 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--wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton--is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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--wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton--is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Tom's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong.
Soon Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, as they both reckon with the contours and mysteries of marriage: one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun. With precision and a rich vitality, Sue Miller--beloved and bestselling author of "While I Was Gone"--brings us a highly charged, superlative novel about marriage and forgiveness.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307276698
  • ISBN-10: 0307276694
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 305

Series: Vintage Contemporaries

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The Senator's Wife

Miller offers another intriguing look into the female psyche with this tense, well-crafted novel. Young, beautiful Meri has just wed a successful professor, and the two live in part of a New England townhouse, which they share with the sophisticated Delia and her senator-husband. Each couple has a wing of the house, an arrangement that allows Meri and Delia to become friends and confidantes. When a surprise pregnancy throws Meri into a tailspin, she must take stock of her life, beginning with her disturbing childhood and ending with her new marriage. Delia, meanwhile, dutifully suffers the indiscretions of her husband, whose affairs have earned him a reputation as a womanizer. Their marriage exists solely as a means of furthering his political career. As Meri and Delia experience their own separate emotional hardships, the bond between them grows, and their lives soon overlap in unpredictable—and damaging—ways. The book's taut, perfectly controlled plot features some surprises, and its evolution is complemented by the insight and intuition Miller brings to the book. Her uncanny ability to tap into the emotional interiors of women makes the narrative surprisingly potent. This study of two very different female characters whose private worlds unexpectedly intertwine reinforces Miller's reputation as one of our leading contemporary novelists.

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