Posted tagged ‘The Senator’s Wife’

Book recommendation

August 2, 2009

Readers of this blog may know that I am, not necessarily fashionably, a fan of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope. I enjoy his books in part because, unlike many other writers of that era, he made some effort to portray and understand the dilemmas facing women, particularly those who wanted to maintain an independent life and their own ideas and thoughts.

Over the past few weeks I have been, on and off, reading Sue Miller’s most recent novel, The Senator’s Wife. In this she considers the lives of two very different women whose lives intersect at a crucial point for both of them, and who are facing some of the same issued and problems that often affected Trollope’s characters. I won’t say any more, because to do so might spoil the story for anyone who might care to read the book – but I can say that I very much enjoyed it. The book tries to show how small decisions can lead to unexpected consequences that change lives forever. I recommend it to you.