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Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller

Lost in the Forest

by Sue Miller

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Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller; Orange L/L, 2006; (3 1/2*)

I thought this to be a brilliant novel in many ways. It's also frightening as it begins with a with the death of a husband and parent. Miller wrote this first part so well that I physically felt a loathing sense of doom.

The novel is set in the wine country of the Napa Valley in California of the 1980s. The story is drawn against the this backdrop. The stories within the novel are written exquisitely and lives are lived and torn apart. I thought the book to be quite good but in the end it got away from the author in a way that was disheartening for this reader. It turned out to be a roller coaster of a ride. ( )
2 vote rainpebble | Aug 2, 2014 |
Eva and Mark are married. Family is broken up due to husband's infidelity. Eva marries John and is very happy, years later John is killed in a freak car acident which Eva and their son, Theo witness.
The story really revolves around Daisy one of Eva and Mark's daughters. Daisy is seriously effected by the loss of her family due to the divorce and this is compounded when she looses her step-dad, John.
Not my favorite book and never having read Sue Miller, I am not compelled to explore her other works. ( )
  AstridG | Jun 28, 2012 |
great! ( )
  jenny.whitman | Apr 9, 2012 |
My initial reaction to this was "mediocre." And then I was left wondering what the point of this story was. I believe the author was trying to examine the aftereffects of a family member's death, but that seemed almost inconsequential when examining this as a whole. It was almost a coming-of-age novel that missed the mark. The sexual relationship between a teenager & an older adult was somewhat disturbing, yes, but I thought even in general, the author seemed a bit more preoccupied with sexual content than necessary. This wasn't a complete waste of time -- the story had its moments, but ultimately it left me feeling very indifferent both to the story itself and to the characters. ( )
  indygo88 | Sep 10, 2010 |
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  ptzop | Nov 28, 2008 |
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Emily belde, zijn oudste dochter. 'Kun je ons komen halen?'vroeg ze. 'Het is een noodgeval'.
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Misschien was één echte ouder genoeg. Dat was wat Emily uiteindelijk besloot te vinden. Daisy niet. Daisy wilde er twee - een moeder en een vader. En de vader die ze koos was John, gedeeltelijk omdat Mark in die tijd min of meer uit hun leven verdween. Hij had iets met iemand, en méér dan dan 'iets' had Eva tegen hen gezegd met een vals lachje. Hij zegde weekends af, hij kwam soms niet opdagen om een van de meisjes van school te halen. Als ze naar zijn huis gingen was Erika daar vaak, en soms leek het of hij nauwelijks merkte dat zij er ook waren. Of misschien kon het hem niet meer schelen. Maar het maakte Daisy niet uit, want John had een stap naar voren gedaan en was het middelpunt van haar leven geworden.
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For nearly two decades, since the publication of her iconic first novel, The Good Mother, Sue Miller has distinguished herself as one of our most elegant and widely celebrated chroniclers of family life, with a singular gift for laying bare the interior lives of her characters. In each of her novels, Miller has written with exquisite precision about the experience of grace in daily life–the sudden, epiphanic recognition of the extraordinary amid the ordinary–as well as the sharp and unexpected motions of the human heart away from it, toward an unruly netherworld of upheaval and desire. But never before have Miller’s powers been keener or more transfixing than they are in Lost in the Forest, a novel set in the vineyards of Northern California that tells the story of a young girl who, in the wake of a tragic accident, seeks solace in a damaging love affair with a much older man.

Eva, a divorced and happily remarried mother of three, runs a small bookstore in a town north of San Francisco. When her second husband, John, is killed in a car accident, her family’s fragile peace is once again overtaken by loss. Emily, the eldest, must grapple with newfound independence and responsibility. Theo, the youngest, can only begin to fathom his father’s death. But for Daisy, the middle child, John’s absence opens up a world of bewilderment, exposing her at the onset of adolescence to the chaos and instability that hover just beyond the safety of parental love. In her sorrow, Daisy embarks on a harrowing sexual odyssey, a journey that will cast her even farther out onto the harsh promontory of adulthood and lost hope.

With astonishing sensuality and immediacy, Lost in the Forest moves through the most intimate realms of domestic life, from grief and sex to adolescence and marriage. It is a stunning, kaleidoscopic evocation of a family in crisis, written with delicacy and masterful care. For her lifelong fans and those just discovering Sue Miller for the first time, here is a rich and gorgeously layered tale of a family breaking apart and coming back together again: Sue Miller at her inimitable best.

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For Eva, the divorced and happily remarried mother of three children, and her adolescent middle child, Daisy, the death of Eva's second husband John in a car accident turns their lives upside down.

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