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Monogamy: A Novel
Monogamy: A Novel
Monogamy: A Novel
Аудиокнига10 часов

Monogamy: A Novel

Написано Sue Miller

Озвучено Sue Miller

Рейтинг: 3.5 из 5 звезд

3.5/5

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“A sensual and perceptive novel. . . . With humor and humanity, Miller resists the simple scorned-wife story and instead crafts a revelatory tale of the complexities—and the absurdities—of love, infidelity, and grief.”  —O, the Oprah Magazine

A brilliantly insightful novel, engrossing and haunting, about marriage, love, family, happiness and sorrow, from New York Times bestselling author Sue Miller.

Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. Their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. By all appearances, they are a golden couple.

Graham is a bookseller, a big, gregarious man with large appetites—curious, eager to please, a lover of life, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie’s comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. She is about to have her first gallery show after a six-year lull and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two adult children; Lucas, Graham’s son with his first wife, Frieda, works in New York. Annie and Graham’s daughter, Sarah, lives in San Francisco. Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie feels confident in the knowledge that she is Graham’s last and greatest love.

When Graham suddenly dies—this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together—Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him? 

Then, while she is still mourning Graham intensely, she discovers a ruinous secret, one that will spiral her into darkness and force her to question whether she ever truly knew the man who loved her.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательHarperAudio
Дата выпуска8 сент. 2020 г.
ISBN9780062969712
Автор

Sue Miller

Richard Webber writes regulary about TV in his job as a journalist and writer. He contributes to a host of newspapers and magazines, including TV Quick, Daily Express, Sunday Express and the Sunday Telegraph and is the author of over a dozen books celebrating classic comedy.

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Рейтинг: 3.444933920704846 из 5 звезд
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  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I almost did not pick this up. It's not my usual type of book to be drawn to. But, I did, here I am, and I guess it all turned outThis is a very reflective book - a deep character study of two people in a second marriage and those in their orbit. It is an examination of their marriage relationship - a dissection of their marriage really - both through their own eyes (told in alternating perspectives), as well as others in their circle. I didn't particularly like or connect with either member of the couple, but I thought the author did an excellent job of laying these people bare and exploring their emotions, motivations, and values. They felt like people that could be out there in the real world and not just page-people.This view of a marriage is very different from how I think about and approach mine, but IMO the point of is to get window into lives, places, setting, and situations very different from ours. Not a breezy, feel-good read, but it did do that.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    There is possibly nothing more calming than a traditionally-structured novel about ordinary people leading ordinary lives, especially when that novel is solidly written in a way that doesn't draw attention to itself. Sue Miller writes about the marriage of Graham and Annie, from when they met in the seventies at the opening party for his bookstore, until a few years after Graham's death. This is a novel about grief; the pain of missing someone you love as well as the pain of discovering that that person was not who you thought he was. It's also about the roles we end up taking in a family and how impossible it is to change that. This is a quiet novel, with a lot going on and I appreciated getting to spend time with each member of this family. It felt very honest and real and normal.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Sue Miller is an excellent writer. She is able to capture fully the nuances of relationships and character development, and this book is a testament to her talents.Graham is a large man, both in personality and size with an apparent lack of commitment to monogamy in both of his marriages. His sudden death is a shock to those who love him, especially his second wife, Annie, who awakens to find him dead beside her. He has a daughter, Sarah, with Annie and a son with his first wife, Frieda. The two families are well integrated with Frieda and Annie developing a friendship that includes Frieda in family gatherings. Frieda's confirmation to Annie about Graham's infidelity to Annie creates a rage in her that adds another layer to her grief over his death. Her memories are then overlaid with the knowledge that he shared intimacies with another woman. This is an exploration of marriage, parenting, grief and friendship.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Amazing book. An adult book. Wonderful insight into marriage and life. Loved the people
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I liked this book -- deep and richly textured with a complex cast of characters -- but I instinctively can only give it 4 stars. Why? Especially since I find absolutely nothing wrong with it. A puzzlement.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    This novel looks at marriage, commitment and death. Annie and Graham are married and she is a photographer and he owns a bookstore. He was married before and has a son to his first wife. Annie and Graham have a daughter. The central event in the book is Graham's death in his sleep. Many new characters and relationships emerge after his death. The people we thought we new at the beginning of novel change before our eyes.
  • Рейтинг: 1 из 5 звезд
    1/5
    I found this to be very depressing and a very slow read. I gave up early in the book, though other reviewers have said that it gets better later. I didn't have the patience, and found it to be a self-indulgent bit of navel gazing.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    I was inteeested in the female voice first chapter. Started losing it in the second with the male. Dnf
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Graham and Annie have been married for 30 years and to all appearances have the perfect marriage. But as any married person can tell you, appearances are not always what they seem. Sue Miller explores the ups and downs of this marriage, exposing all of its cracks, but also its strengths and joys.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    This book, entitled Monogamy, sounded like it would have lots of drama and action when Annie discovers her husband had an affair. However, the book was more a slow, drawn out character analysis. It was very well written but to me it went on and one, repeating Annie's anguish and confusion after the course of years.The story begins with Annie and Graham, who have been married for nearly 30 years. Graham unexpectedly dies and Annie eventually discovers he had a brief affair. Graham regretted the affair and loved Annie immensely. A good read about family, love and marriage but in my opinion it was a bit too slow. I received a complimentary book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    This is an introspective study of the marriage of Graham and Annie. Graham dies unexpectedly, and as Annie moves through the grieving process, she discovers some surprising things that she has a hard time handling. The same thing happened to me after I lost my husband very suddenly, so I could relate to this story. However, it may not appeal to many readers.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    What a natural way to write about sex! Not sensationalistic or effect seeking, but as a natural part of our existence, our breathing, our life. Subtle narration of a web of relationships across generations.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    Felt like there were too many strands and it was not enjoyable junping from one to another. Some got explored then dropped. The whole “fall” at the end and attempt to wrap things up from that felt really disjointed and ruined the few bits I actually remained interested in.
  • Рейтинг: 1 из 5 звезд
    1/5
    Tedious detail and boring. So many details that it took away from the poor plot line. Just did not care for it at all.

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