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Publisher's Summary

A novel about family and the secrets that we keep - a young woman learning to love and leave home and realizing that, maybe, she never quite left. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Still Life with Bread Crumbs and Rise and Shine.
This story begins in the 1960s, and explores how Mimi Miller comes of age, over and over again.
As a young girl in Miller's Valley, an ordinary farming town that may be facing its final days, Mimi is observing adults, selling corn, growing up and changing, and watching the world around her change, too.
As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen's novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.
A deeply moving, inspiring story of a young woman learning to love and leave, the place and family from which she comes.
©2016 Anna Quindlen (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Critic Reviews

"In a quiet, unaffected performance, narrator Brittany Pressley makes 1960s Miller's Valley, Pennsylvania, incredibly real.... Quindlen's spot-on insights allow Pressley to give each family member a convincing personality--from Mimi's no-nonsense mother to her gentle father, from her two older brothers to her agoraphobic aunt. Engrossing listening." ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Taryn on 01-07-17

Quietly engaging

Anna Quindlen has written a few good books and a few mediocre ones. Whatever you think of each book what comes through in all is her skill at writing and her own experiences in life. This book is about a woman reflecting on her youth in a small town and how events played out with her family, her friends, her loves.Its about the choices she made and the opportunities that presented themselves. It describes the complicated relationships we have in our lives. There is nothing earth shattering in this book, so if you are looking for that don't bother. What this book delivers is excellent character development, excellent writing and a story that keeps you listening because you develop a "relationship" with the characters and an interest in how it all turns out. Our book club read it and we generally disagree on most books, however, 90% gave it a thumbs up and we had a great discussion. The narration was excellent. I am glad I listened and would recommend it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Wendi on 05-05-16

Not Typical Quindlen- I was disappointed

Normally Anna Quindlen wows me. She normally starts off her impeccable novels with normal families who do normal every day things. Her formula seems to be having a very shocking thing happen to a seemingly normal family half way through the book.

Miller's Valley is the story of a family over decades. The family is normal, has normal issues (pre marital sex, pregnancy, PTSD from Vietnam War, Dad has stroke, etc). The problem is- the story doesn't seem to have a point. It rambles on and on and it's hard to care about the characters. I probably put this book down and then picked it back up to listen, hoping it would get better- about fifteen times. Unfortunately, it really didn't.

I hope Quindlen's next book is back to her usual shocking style. I felt like I was being led on or teased through the whole book unfortunately, and it was more irritating than inspiring.

This wasn't worth the wait...

Wendi

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