Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Senator’s Wife

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

What was this book about?

Delia Naughton is in her 70’s and lives alone. She spent most of her life married to a senator who wanted nothing more then to run around on her. When a couple moves next door to her she cannot help being friends with them. Meri is a woman who knows her husband well, but is not getting what she wants from him. When she becomes pregnant she begins to visit Delia’s house and learn more about her. She wants Delia to be her friend, fit in her life. The relationships on both sides are complicated but they all grow from the circumstances that surround them.

What did you like/dislike about the book?

At some point I really thought that Delia and Meri were going to be friends. But they just aren’t. They are too different of people. Meri has major issues both with her self and her idea of what motherhood should or should not be. She can’t seem to get past that and that is damaging to relationships. Meanwhile Delia has lived a somewhat secret life with her adulterer husband – and she can’t seem to let him go.

What genre would you consider this?

Overall: B-, Parts I really enjoyed but other parts were just odd..

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