Penguin Random House
For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.”
WOW. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Miller’s Valley, but I definitely didn’t expect to be blown away like this. This is surely going to be one of my top reads this year and I can’t recommend it enough.
To be honest (and in order to warn future readers) I didn’t inmediately connect with the book. While reading the prologue and the first few chapters, I wondered what this novel was actually about. It took me a while to figure out that it was about LIFE, that simple. And what’s more fascinating than that?
In Miller’s Valley, there isn’t a complicated plot or surprising events, there aren’t heroes or villains. This is a very quiet, comfortable book that I deeply enjoyed exactly for what it was. I laughed, I cried a bit and I didn’t want it to end. I’d grown attached to the characters and felt like they were part of me. It was unforgettable.
Our main character, Mimi, is a young girl living in Miller’s Valley. Her parents have a farm and their families have lived there for ages. She has never left town and doesn’t exactly know what to do with her life. But her dearly valley is drowning and there seems like nothing can be done…
Mimi is smart, loyal and is always willing to help her family. She is clearly a great character, always putting others before her. At some point, I wanted to yell at her and tell her to think about herself for a minute, but I loved her anyway. Strong, fearless, invincible.
I’ve probably said this a thousand times already, but Anna Quindlen’s writing was simply flawless. She has a special way of narrating every event: she presents short flashforwards and goes back and forth all the time. That made the book even more interesting than it already was.
Miller’s Valley is set mostly during the 60s and 70s, so if you’re a fan of stories set in that era, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. To me, this was a perfect book: emotional and compelling, addictive and beautiful at the same time.
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.