Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
Quindlen, one of my favorite authors, is such a gifted storyteller. This is a character driven novel with a strong, realistic plot that includes love, loss, friendships, and the realities of life. Quindlen gives you the sense that you are right there with her, watching it all happen, experiencing the same nostalgic reminiscing as Mimi, the protagonist narrator.
A family secret is discovered that helps her to understand some family dynamics that have puzzled her throughout her life yet the reader must come to his/her own conclusions. It is a satisfying ending. I loved every word in this beautifully written story and just did not want the book to end, yet it did end, in a strangely satisfying way.
"No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, not really, even if they go."
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