The Senator's Wife

The Senator s Wife Love came late to Meri She met Nathan at he moved in a month later they married a month after that Now they are swapping their comfortable Midwestern existence for life in a college town in New E

  • Title: The Senator's Wife
  • Author: Sue Miller
  • ISBN: 9780747596400
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Love came late to Meri She met Nathan at 36, he moved in a month later, they married a month after that Now they are swapping their comfortable Midwestern existence for life in a college town in New England, a house of their own, a responsible teaching job for Nathan a new life that Meri is not sure she even wants.

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    1. The first word that comes to mind is 'uncomfortable.' This might have to do with reading it on the absolute most hellish plane ride ever, but it also had to do with the general content. This book was one of those - wow it would be so good if she would just x,y,z and the rest of the alphabet The plot was set up well enough - couple moves next to aging woman who has been 'the senators wife' for ages, in that she has watched her senator husband cheat on her repeatedly and stuggled with standing by [...]

    2. Life Doesn't Change in its Fundamentals"I've read enough work by Sue Miller to say with complete confidence that she's a brilliant writer, and a master at character development. The Senator's Wife is a gray tale of two couples, neighbors sharing an east coast duplex in an upscale neighborhood. In the story, Miller brings in the focus so tightly, that it feels a little voyeuristic prying into the everyday thoughts, feelings and actions of these characters. Said characters are ordinary, but at the [...]

    3. Sue Miller honestly drives me crazy. I love her writing, it's very personal and raw. This is the third book I have read of hers, and while the books have all kept my interests, their endings either leave me unfullfilled, or freak me out. The Senator's Wife falls into the latter category. I didn't really know what to think of this book. What was it trying to say? You have poor dedicated Delia, stuck in this love trap with her philandering husband. You have Meri-who I just couldn't figure out. Who [...]

    4. Oh, literary women's fiction. So much of you feels so much the same. You drip with relationship drama and way overly descriptive language. The way someone peels an orange and then sits on a chair and feels the wood beneath her and smells the air and etc etc etc does not tell me much about her character. But I tend to devour you anyway, you literary comfort food, you. You are a cup of tea in bed on a cold day, or maybe those Oreos I treat myself to after a healthier dinner.

    5. Re: _The Senator's Wife_ by Sue MillerCAUTION: I think it's best not to know too much about this story before you read it. So beware of reading the reviews until after you've read the book. With that in mind, I've tried not to over-tell anything about the story in my review below. Instead I've given my over-all impressions of the story and the writing as a whole.I wouldn't call this book compelling, but for some strange reason I wanted to keep reading it. I usually don't like books which describ [...]

    6. I'm not totally sure why Sue Miller doesn't get the credit she deserves. Or maybe she does and I'm unaware of it? I feel like she gets classed in that genre of books that includes Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher and Jodi Picoult. Snob that I am, I've never actually read any of these authors. They are published as mass market paperbacks and their covers always involve a lot of pastel and flowers and seem destined for airport bookstores. (There is, of course, a related genre that is directed at [...]

    7. After finishing this book, I realized I didn't really like any of the characters. At first Delia, the senator's wife, seems to be an interesting person. She appears to be a graciously realistic, secure older woman. As the book progresses, she becomes less so. Cracks appear in her seemingly flawless presentation, and in the end, she crumbles. Meri never seems to have it all together. She is more real with her doubts and insecurities, but after what happens in the end, it's hard to like her. She i [...]

    8. God, this was depressing. Do I really have to summarize? Meri is married to Nate, and they buy a house next to Delia Naughton, who has been married to Senator Tom Naugton for decades. Tom is unfaithful, again and again, and though Delia loves him and continues to spend time with him, they live far apart: him in D.C. and her in New England. Then the senator has a stroke and, rather than live in an assisted living facility, moves back in with Delia.This is a commentary on marriage, but otherwise i [...]

    9. Apologies for stating this bluntly, but this was a dumb book. None of the characters were likable at any point, and while that shouldn't be the basis for my opinion, they didn't even become slightly more likable as the book progressed. The two women in the book are just plain stupid and the senator is a caricature of a slimy politician who becomes more and more repulsive. Dumb.

    10. I've had the same experience with both of the Sue Miller books I've read this one and While I Was Gone. It starts out great, and I really do like Miller's handling of language, and then it all just goes wrong. Another reviewer put it best "uncomfortable". That's where these books take you -- to an uncomfortable place. And not the kind of uncomfortable where you think, "Oh, this is good for me, I need to learn something." No. It's just wrong somehow. In both cases I've ended up completely disliki [...]

    11. There were many unflattering reviews for this book but I enjoyed it (after a bit of a slow start). The characters were compelling even if I didn't like them very much sometimes. The book went back and forth between Meri a young newlywed and Delia an elderly woman, both living in a duplex. I felt invested in the characters and their lives and found the relationships fascinating. The story seemed to be about life choices that everyone makes and the reactions of those around you to those decisions [...]

    12. I always like Miller's writing style and this was book was no exception to that. Also, I've always liked her perspective on the minds of women who are disinterested in traditional women's roles/expectations.In terms of the story, though, several parts of it were left unresolved, in my mind at least. For example, Meri struggles with the above throughout the story, but by the end is enjoying domestic bliss and is seemingly a different person---how or why this transition took place isn't clear to m [...]

    13. It's never a good thing when you finish a book and your first thought is to wonder what was the point? This book meanders slowly and tediously through the lives of two women I thought would be interesting but turned out to be pathetic characters. The needless details the author included in this book made it twice as long as it needed to be. I listened to this in the car and finished only out of pure stubbornness.

    14. Ok, let's just skip to the parts that take this book from 3 stars to one.1) It drove me CRAZY to hear about how Tom cheated on Delia over and over and over and she always accepted him back into her life (and bed). He had a long-term affair with their daughter's friend! Gross! Delia's character was portrayed as so wise, worldly, and independent, so why on earth would someone like that allow themselves to be used like a doormat?2) The graphic pregnancy and labor scenes. Oh.god. As if I wasn't horr [...]

    15. The senator's wife, Delia, is faithful to a fault. After her adultrous husband has embarrassed and humilated her numerous times, she still lives in a la-la, fairy tale land of denial. Delia is delusional in thinking that by running away to Paris for a few months, it puts everything into perspective. Add to that, the fact that she is a raging alcoholic. Her three kids, in varying degrees of disgust, offer some advice to Delia, which she categorically ignores. Meri and Nathan, Delia's next door ne [...]

    16. My initial reaction to this book when I finished it was VERY negative! The final line in the book is something close to "What she did, she did for love." Are you kidding me? That's CRAP!!!!! That's like saying Judas' berayal of Jesus was done in love. I admit I am having an emotional (over)reaction to this book. Yes there are triggers in this book that hit home for me. Maybe in a while I "might" come back and at least give this a 3 star rating b/c this story definitely pushed buttons and probabl [...]

    17. This book was so depressing, I couldn't even finish it. The women in it are either harpies, idiots, or so selfish that I didn't care what they were. I stopped reading it right after Meri had her baby--all I could think of was, if you didn't want a baby that badly, use a condom, sister. The plot was too lame to even try and follow, and who cared anyway? Not one character was marginally likeable. Awful, awful and awful.

    18. Disregard all my other 5 stars for this one. It was amazing. If you are a woman, read it! It was my first Sue Miller book and she is a very talented writer. I felt that the characters were very real. It was an extremely peaceful read and sometimes when something catastrophic is about to happen, an author will go into ridiculous detail right before it happens (ever notice that?) And a couple times she goes into extreme detail and you find yourself holding your breath and then you slowly let it ou [...]

    19. I think the book cover for The Senator's Wife says it all - boring and unimaginative. Miller's latest tells the story about Delia, the wife of a former Washington senator, who hasn't lived with her philandering husband for decades. But, it is also the story of Meri, a newly married 38-year old who is pregnant with her first child. Meri and her husband Nathan move in next door to Delia, and Delia and Meri strike up a seeming friendship. My initial difficulty with the characters is that Meri is wr [...]

    20. I enjoyed the overlapping stories of two women addressing conventional problems in their own ways; their lives are at the heart of this novel. Delia and Meri, through whose voices the story is told, are complex and believable characters who face external marital and familial issues while also dealing with questions of their own identities--how much of themselves is defined by the people in their lives, and what do they determine about themselves? The quirky relationship between the two women is [...]

    21. You know you have run into trouble when you finish a 320 page book and it only takes you two sentences to summarize the plot. The-Whole-Entire-Blooming-Thing. For those who don’t have the time to read this book, here is the Sparksnote version:“…Inexplicably devout wife of philandering former senator learns that a massive stroke will not prevent a playa from remaining a playa. Meanwhile, next door, an ordinary couple in their mid-30s, awaiting the birth of their first baby, bore each other [...]

    22. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a dually narrated story that goes back and forth between the two lives of Delia and Meri. Delia is an older woman who is the wife of the well known Senator Naughton. She lives alone on one side of an old New England duplex. Meri and her husband, a professor at the local College, move into the other side of the duplex. Meri is instantly intrigued by Delia and wonders as does the reader where her husband resides if not with his wife. Both women's stories unfold [...]

    23. A book appropos of the political times- politicians cheating on their wives, destorying families and their careers. If more of these women left their cheating husbands and made examples of them, maybe the next philanderer would learn. My frustration grew with Delia. I don't understand the "stand by your man" attitude.And please don't get me started on Meri. This is the first book I've read of Sue Miller's. Are all her characters this shallow, whiney and self-absorbed? Let me knowI have The Good [...]

    24. I really enjoyed this and will hunt out her other books. I liked her style of writingReally centered around Meri and Delia and their friendship. There is a plot but no great crescendo till the very end which is a slightly uncomfortable ending. Despite that I enjoyed it. May not be gripping enough for everyone but I found myself wanting to dive into it and see what happens

    25. I suppose somewhere in the world, people talk like this, think like this, and act like this. I’m glad it seems foreign to me. The writing tics began to grate on my nerves around page 50, like the way synonyms are repeated to make a phrase seem profound, or how every fifth word of dialogue is italicized. “When everything is profound, darling, nothing is.” — Me, probably, if I showed up in this book.Overall: it wasn’t bad (see, there I go again), but I’m in the mood for a lot more mayh [...]

    26. The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller was an interesting and gripping read. The story is told from the dual perspectives of Delia, a seventy-four year old woman, and her new next door neighbor, Meri, a young, recently married woman. The story is also told in multiple time periods. The time period changes are identified and easy to follow.The Senator’s Wife is a story about relationships, love, loss, longing, desires, and human nature. It’s about the uncertainty with which one’s adult life sta [...]

    27. It is 1993 , Meri and her husband Nathan are looking at a house that Nathan really wants to buy in that it is next to the home of Senator, Tom Naughton,which is the only reason Nathan wants to buy it,Nathan has just a got a good job at a good collage in Williston in a department that will put him on the fast track to tenure. While Nathan and the real estate agent are looking through the house ,Meri stay's outside on the porch to smoke one of the four cigarettes she has per day.while sitting on t [...]

    28. I’ve read a string of two-star books lately…I’m starting to wonder if it’s me. Like the previous ones, the writing in this story is strong but the story did not capture my attention at all. This is about two neighbors, a young(er) married woman and the eponymous Senator’s Wife. The story started out very, very slow. Granted, if you’re reading Sue Miller you can’t exactly expect high stakes action. It’s interesting because the cover copy says “soon Delia and Meri find themselves [...]

    29. Good read. I warmed to Meri and Delia instantly. I thought at the start of the book that I wouldn't like Nathan but I ended up liking him to. I felt sorry for Delia and what she had to go through with Tom. She has a selfless love for him. When Meri is having her baby it has the longest and most (I'm guessing!) relistic birthing scene I've ever seen in a book. I like that the book deals with the bad feelings people have after birth. The only thing I don't get is what she does with Tom. Breastfeed [...]

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