Author(s): Sue Miller
At first, I was a bit dubious about this novel solely because of its title. Monogamy? Really? Is that all? But then I was drawn to the endorsement quote by Daisy Buchanan, particularly the phrase ‘emotionally truthful.’ I am a huge lover of books that capture the mess of our inner lives. Monogamy does this so beautifully, exploring what it means to be a wife, husband, daughter, son, lover, and stepmother. It even steps confidently across the rocky terrain of being a good neighbour, a friend, a passing acquaintance. It is about how pain and joy are inextricable. How love and sorrow are bound together. In short, it is a novel about the relationships that fill and shape our lives. I highly, highly recommend this book.
'One of the most emotionally truthful novels I have ever read' DAISY BUCHANAN Annie is not the first love of Graham's life but she is, he thinks, his last and greatest. Very recently, he has faltered; but he means to put it right. Here they are in marriage, in late middle age, in comfort. Mismatched, and yet so well matched- the bookseller with his appetite, his conviviality, his bigness; the photographer with her delicacy, her astuteness, her reserve. The children are offstage, grown up and scattered on either coast; Graham's first wife, Frieda, is peaceably in their lives, but not between them. Then the unthinkable happens. Now Annie stumbles in the dark- did she know all there was to know about the man who loved her? If no marriage is without its small indiscretions, how great does a betrayal have to be to be to break it? A novel about marriage, family, secrets and love, Monogamy confirms Sue Miller's place among the greatest writers at work in America today.