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Lost in the Forest by Sue Miller

Lost in the Forest

by Sue Miller

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Set in the vineyards of Northern California 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.… (more)


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A disturbing and psychologically complex novel. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
This was a wonderful book. The story told by one of the characters, the youngest child of a divorced couple living in the Nappa Valley. As we listen in to her conversation with her therapist when she is an adult, she comments on the divorce of her parents, her mother's remarriage and subsequent widowhood, her affair with an older family friend and the redemption of having family around you. I enjoyed being along for her ride.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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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Prolific novelist Miller’s latest work takes some time to draw the reader in, but when it does, it’s believable and gripping. A story of five people struggling with death and loss, it is also an acute observation of intergenerational conflict and a tribute to the power of shared history and love.

Evocatively set in California’s vineyard-covered Napa Valley (whose backdrop of the wine-making world and its cycles gives the book its dreamy, elegiac tone), ‘Lost in the Forest’ tells of the effect of John Albermarle’s untimely death on his wife, small son and teenage stepdaughters – as well as on the wife’s first husband, who discovers that he is becoming increasingly attracted to her again.
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You don't need to read a book with a title like ''Lost in the Forest'' to guess that Sue Miller will be using it to acquaint you with a wolf and a version of Red Riding Hood, a girl teetering on the dangerous cusp between childhood and adulthood, innocence and initiation. But if at first her new novel seems to revisit an overly familiar story, she quickly offers proof that it will be in her own distinctive style -- that it will, in fact, be one of her strongest, most satisfying books. Miller has always been adept at rendering the complexities of family life, the way even well-intentioned, decent people can't walk across a room without wounding at least one person they love. But while some of her plots (that of ''While I Was Gone,'' for example) can be cluttered and occasionally clumsy, ''Lost in the Forest'' has a seemingly effortless grace; Miller quickly captures and never loses our attention.
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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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