Miller's Valley (Signed Book)

Miller's Valley (Signed Book)

by Anna Quindlen

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ISBN-13: 9780399588563
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 8, 1952

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A., Barnard College, 1974

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Miller's Valley: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional and deep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the last 20 pages and you read the whole story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Valley Federal Recreation Area or what was once known as Miller's Valley is a marvelous story. Ms. Anna Quinlan has authored a story that wakens many past recollections, where a where a somewhat similar acquisition took place. Old farms, churches and small business owner displaced. Hopes and dreams seemingly lost forever. And yet exactly fifty later, it seems like that lake has been there forever. Thank you for this wonderful tale. It is not hard to imagine that among all those displaced there might some whose remberences might also be as good a novel as Miller's Valley. Well recommended. J M Lydon
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This book is set in a valley that is in turmoil. Years ago, the government decided to build a dam to help stop the flooding in this area. Unfortunately, they discovered that they placed the river in the wrong place, so it didn't help at all. Now they want to relocate the people that live here so they can flood the area. Now there are roots set down and lives that are not sure what to do. This story is told in the honest voice of Mimi Miller. She is an observant girl and the only daughter in a family that scrapes by. By listening through the vent in her bedroom, Mimi discovers many secrets concerning her family and the valley. Quinlin was able to pull me in with the prologue. Then I did not want to put this book down. I felt Mimi had such a strong voice that she was sharing the secrets she learned with me. The story is a reminder of the pull that the place we grew up has on us all of our lives. I have a feeling that I will turn to this book several times in my life as a reminder of the lesson that I learned. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
RodRaglin More than 1 year ago
Miller's Valley entertaining and satisfying despite the incongruity of the ending Mary Margaret Miller is a young girl growing up on a farm in Miller's Valley, a small community in rural America in the 1960's. There's nothing unusual about her family or her life: she has two older brothers - one's away at college, the other is a lovable rogue, her father works the farm, her mother is a nurse at the local hospital, an aunt lives in a small cottage on the farm. The only thing that makes Miller's Valley different from thousands of similar rural hamlets is the government has plans to raise a nearby dam and flood the valley displacing the few families who live there. This a theme that runs throughout the book looming over the lives of the Miller family though never really effecting them since there is no set timeline for the flooding. Through the point of view of Mary Margaret the reader comes to know a loving and, more or less, functioning family, their friends and neighbours living in middle America during this period. Quindlen is such a fine writer I was immediately drawn in. Her gift is that she makes the reader feel like they know, have known, or know someone just like her characters. Her prose is so seamless you don't realize you're reading a book - more like experiencing it. Unlike some of Quindlen's work that can leave you with PTSD (Every Last One, One True Thing, Black and Blue) nothing really dramatic happens in Miller's Valley. There's regular love, life and death but it's not agonizing, unimaginably violent or pathologically cruel. It's just your run of the mill stuff - strokes, abortions, infidelity, drug abuse - but it's balanced with love and real caring. Sound boring? It's not. Every time I sat down to read it was like catching up with a friend. I had no idea how Miller's Valley would end and apparently neither did the author, because what she implies in the last few pages is incongruous to the story that has come before. I simply could not believe it. Despite the rather bizarre ending, Miller's Valley is a satisfying and entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book especially for the strong voice of the narrator, Mimi Miller, as she looks back at her up-bringing and coming of age in Miller's Valley. Yes, she was one of the Millers for whom the place is named, a bright young woman who never thought she could go to college until she was encouraged by a teacher--and her mother. In Mimi's science studies, she discovers the truth about government intervention in the flooding of Miller's Valley. In the course of growing up, she discovers truths about her family, including an amazing find in her aunt's house that raises questions too late for anyone involved to answer. Mimi's sense of self and what's right for her do not waver, in spite of what anyone else thinks. She takes food to her aunt, who cannot or will not leave her house, despite Mimi's mother's objections. Her fears for her brother become reality, but even in her loyalty to him, she doesn't waver on her life path. Like most life paths, it takes a few detours. She is one of those rare people who can not only learn from her own mistakes but those of others, which ultimately helps her define "home" and "family."
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Beachbabe1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The writing was beautiful and the story moved along perfectly! I expect nothing less from Anna Quindlen.
Beachbabe1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The writing was beautiful and the story moved along perfectly! I expect nothing less from Anna Quindlen.
Darcy714 More than 1 year ago
Miller’s Valley tells the story of a small town fighting “progress” as it is termed and seen through the eyes of Mimi Miller as she grows up there. It is a story of family, coming of age, and love, but most of all it is in a sense a biography of the town itself and the way it shapes its inhabitants. Though the storyline follows Mimi’s lifespan, her early teen years in Miller Valley are covered in far greater detail than her adulthood when she lives outside of Miller Valley, or even those years when she returns to the town after “progress” has happened. Though Mimi tells the story, it is Miller Valley that IS the story. Author Anna Quindlen writes deftly about a subject that could easily become mundane in another writer’s hands. Quindlen however spins a story that, while not fast paced or full of suspense, has definite force propelling it forward. Mimi is an astute observer of people and life and her observations allow the reader a strong sense of the town and the people without ever having to go into minute descriptive details about either. Quindlen exhibits her skill for showing not telling and the reader is left with enough detail to picture things but enough freedom to define them as their individual experience sees fit. A solid read of surprising depth. This is no summer beach fluff, but a strong and rich work of art. Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
lynnski0723 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s Anna Quindlen so of course it is well written - the descriptions and similes throughout were fantastic. And it pulled at your heartstrings. Not in the sappy romantic way, but simply for a young girl growing up with desires, heartache, and loss. It is the story of Mimi Miller whose independence, strength and determination carry her through life. She tells us in her own words of her family’s struggle to keep their home that has been in the family for generations and their struggle to simply stay a family, her desire to become something more than a farmer in a small town, and her need to be loved. She is a wonderful main character surrounded by a cast of interesting characters that help shape the story. I highly recommend it. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and am thankful that I did.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen is told from Mary Margaret’s (Mimi) point of view. Mimi is a young girl growing up in Miller’s Valley where the government wants to move everyone out the valley (where it floods the homes when it rains) and flood it creating a reservoir. We get to see how Mimi grew up, her family, and her home life (the book starts when she is eleven years old). Mimi’s Aunt Ruth lives in a cottage behind the main farmhouse. Aunt Ruth never leaves her cottage. She does not do cooking and expects meals to be brought to her. She also has to have someone do the shopping. Mimi’s mother, Miriam is a nurse and her father, Buddy runs the family farm. Her brother, Tommy goes off to fight in the Vietnam War and returns a different man. We get to see Mimi grow up in Miller’s Valley, live her life, go to school, get married, and then, ultimately, come back to Miller’s Valley. I thought Miller’s Valley would be more than the life of one girl growing up in a small town. I found Miller’s Valley to be boring. The story is told in the first-person perspective (which I really dislike). It was more like reading a diary than a novel. I had a very hard time staying awake to read it. There is no depth to the book. The book is simple and easy to read, but there is no spark. This book does not leave with any impression when you are done reading it (except glad it is over). I give Miller’s Valley 2.5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Miller’s Valley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I have only read one of Anna Quindlen’s books before, Black and Blue, way back in 1998 and remember loving it. I was excited to get a chance to read Miller’s Valley, as I have heard amazing thing about Quindlen’s books in the intervening years. Sadly I just could not connect with the narrator, Mimi Miller. Mimi is the youngest in her family and she walks us through the big moments in her life from the age of ten to sixty-five. She lives in a small town named Miller’s Valley that is living under the constant strain of eminent domain, as the government wants to divert a river through the valley. Seen from the eyes of an almost impartial observer, the residents of the small town, their quirks and flaws are on full display. The plot of Miller’s Valley was interesting. Full of unique residents, the premise holds a lot of promise. Anna Quindlen’s writing was soft and slow, like a warm breeze on a summer day. She was invoked a feeling of a slow waft with each chapter. The pacing had some issues; there were sudden time jumps as Mimi aged and it always took me a few seconds to ascertain what time the story was now in. The world built was strong as the town was so small and Mimi’s descriptions laid it out well. The emotions were lacking to me. I could never connect with Mimi as she was so impassive as an observer. The characters also fell flat to me, as I could not connect with any of them Mimi held everyone at an arms length which made the reader do the same. I did not dislike Miller’s Valley, I just could not connect with the narrator. I enjoyed the plot and the world built was fantastic, but I have a hard time with a read if I can’t connect. The slow observations just did not resonate. I may need to go back to Quindlen’s earlier writing to get that strong emotional tie I felt in Black and Blue. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
I could not get into this story.It was about Mary Margaret growing up and her memories of her family and the valley they lived in. The government wanted to move the people out so they could make the dam bigger and better but it would flood the whole valley. Mary’s mom was a nurse and worked nights. Her dad called himself a farmer but was really a Mr Fix It . As I said the story seemed to drag and didn’t hold my interest. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
norway_girl More than 1 year ago
Anna Quindlen is all about people and their interactions with each other, their circumstances, and their surroundings. She isn't one to shy away from life's difficulties and horrors because she recognizes that each of us experiences them. Her people, her characters are someone we know, or knew or think we met somewhere along the way. The folks in this book are familiar. Now that might be because I imagine myself to be the same age as Mimi, the main character who was the youngest Miller child growing up in rural Miller Valley in the 60's. But since it is a multigenerational setting readers will find or recognize someone from their past. Ms. Quindlen's simple yet vivid character descriptions happen through understated actions and reactions. We get to know the inhabitants of the valley by following Mimi around with them. We have a kinder view of some of the characters that don't deserve it because Mimi sees them this way. We trust Mimi to lead us to the answers as we watch her grow into a woman. This was a fairly quick read, but satisfying. The underlying theme of imminent domain is a timeless dilemma. The dynamics of siblings and family responsibilities are also universal. I was completely satisfied with the pace of the plot which is purposefully slow and easy, but like a river has a strong undercurrent. I highly recommend it.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Anna Quindlen is back in her best form! Roosevelt’s Dam is threatening to flood Miller’s Valley. Speculators want to fix the situation but in the process they want to develop the area by building new homes and displacing residents who have lived here for generations. Mimi’s family is determined not to sell but the pressure is intense. However, the physical threat to Miller’s Valley is epitomized in the troubles within Mimi’s own family. The story is narrated from an older woman, Mimi’s point of view but starts when she was only ten years old. This is one spunky young girl who handles each difficulty with wise thinking and phenomenal endurance for one so young. Mimi’s Dad stands by her through thick and thin but that changes after he has a debilitating stroke. Her Mom favors one of the two brothers, one of whom marries and moves away and the other who is torn apart after serving in the military in the mid-60s. Mimi’s Aunt Ruth has become a recluse. In spite of all these problems, this story is told with a very real, human attitude that never falters, that never overwhelms the characters or readers. No, the decisions aren’t always perfect but there are no perfect lives, which is why these characters move us so deeply. The story continues as Mimi sets about to do research once she reaches high school on the dam and what it really means for Miller’s Valley to accept the proposed changes by strangers who are seeking to recreate their home territory. To say more would spoil a lovely story. Even LaRhonda, Mimi’s supposed best friend, is very real in her selfishness and more. Much like readers’ lives, these characters with their mixed motives and actions evolve from confusion to clarity, from distance to unquestionable loyalty. Anna Quindlen is gifted in capturing and depicting the essence of people’s lives that really matter and this novel is another expression of that reality. In spite of its wrap-it-up ending, this story is definitely a memorable read that this reviewer highly recommends.