Review: 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.