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Review: Miller’s Valley

May 31, 2016

Miller's Valley

Mimi Miller lives in Miller’s Valley with her family.  Mimi is bright and works hard at school and at home.  She helps out her aunt who won’t leave her home and notices the changes in her brother after he serves in Vietnam.  Mimi hears her parents talking and knows the government has plans to flood the valley even though Mimi’s family, and many of their neighbors, oppose the plan.

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen is a rather quiet novel about a dying town and a family that lives there.  There’s a lot going on below the surface, though, but I don’t want to say too much about it because I think it’s best not to know too much going in.  The family faces many challenges and, like most families, handles some better than others.  Their story is told from Mimi’s perspective and I loved her voice.  She’s earnest but sometimes it takes her a little while to figure things out.   She makes mistakes but does her best to help her family.

I really liked this story of a family struggling in a small, dying town.  I thought it had great characters and the story line kept me engaged throughout.  The audio version is narrated by Brittany Pressley and I thought she did a terrific job.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2016 5:34 am

    I was sad about the demise of a town. I never thought that could happen but I know it does.

  2. Diane permalink
    May 31, 2016 7:24 am

    I loved this one as well. Quindlen always writes a story that sticks with me.

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    May 31, 2016 7:56 am

    I’ve heard nothing about good things about this one and need to try Anna Quindlen.

  4. May 31, 2016 8:12 am

    I enjoyed this novel too.

  5. May 31, 2016 9:12 am

    I really do like her books. And I’m glad this is a good one too. I will definitely get to it.

  6. May 31, 2016 9:39 am

    Never read anything by Quindlen, but sounds like I need to.

  7. May 31, 2016 10:38 am

    I am glad you enjoyed it, Kathy, as I did as well. Mimi’s voice was one that I connected with, so I was poised to forgive her mistakes and to hang in there to see what would happen to her.

    The 70s era was a familiar one to me, and reminders from that time struck a chord with me.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Rhonda permalink
    May 31, 2016 3:03 pm

    I’ve been reading nothing but good reviews.

  9. May 31, 2016 3:11 pm

    It would be tough to have hope in a town that’s dying.

  10. Literary Feline permalink
    May 31, 2016 3:21 pm

    I am glad to read you enjoyed this one, Kathy. I think I might like this one.

  11. May 31, 2016 4:04 pm

    Sounds sad :/

  12. May 31, 2016 4:48 pm

    I have actually never read one of her books!

  13. Patty permalink
    May 31, 2016 4:59 pm

    I liked this one, too!

  14. May 31, 2016 6:01 pm

    This sounds pensive and touching, Kathy. I hope your weekend was relaxing.

  15. May 31, 2016 10:23 pm

    I am looking forward to this book.

  16. June 1, 2016 12:58 am

    I’ve had my eye on this one and hope to make time for the audio soon. Glad you enjoyed it!

  17. June 1, 2016 8:21 am

    I loved this book and think it’s her best novel in 20 years!

  18. June 1, 2016 11:53 am

    I just got this book and I’m looking forward to reading it soon. I’m glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for reviewing it the way you did so as not to spoil it for me.

  19. Beth F permalink
    June 1, 2016 12:29 pm

    I usually like her nonfiction better than her novels, but this sounds really good.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    June 2, 2016 3:04 pm

    Oooh! I can’t wait to read this one! I love her writing!

  21. June 5, 2016 7:55 pm

    this one sounds like a lovely read!

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