Monogamy

Monogamy

A Novel

Large Print - 2020 | Large print edition, First Harper Large Print edition
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Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. A golden couple, their effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. Graham is a bookseller, and a large, gregarious man with large appetites-a lover of life, curious, eager to please, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie's comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. After a six-year lull, she is about to have her first gallery show and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two children; Sarah, the adult child of Annie and Graham, lives in San Francisco, and Lucas, Graham's son with his first wife Frieda, works in New York. Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie is confident in the knowledge that she is Graham's last and greatest love. When Graham suddenly dies, Annie is lost without this man whose enormous presence seemed to dominate their lives together. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him? Soon after Graham's death, as she is trying to pick up the pieces of her life, Annie makes a shocking discovery. Shortly before his death, Graham had been unfaithful, involved in an impulsive, brief affair he was trying to end. Confronted by his infidelity, she spirals into darkness wondering if she truly knew the man who loved her.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: Large print edition, First Harper Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780063029675
0063029677
Characteristics: viii, 482 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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A brilliantly insightful novel, engrossing and haunting, about marriage, love, family, happiness and sorrow, from New York Times bestselling author Sue Miller.


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skmoyer
Apr 09, 2021

Hmmm being married 30 years I did not enjoy it as others have. I thought it was slow. I f you are a more plot driven reader vs a character driven reader than skip this one.

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Cidherman
Mar 24, 2021

Monagamy is a poignant, beautifully written novel. I really enjoyed the story, the writing style and the entire reading experience. It allows us to take a deep dive inside the marriage and innermost thoughts of a happily married couple. It couldn't be any more intimate a portrayal of marriage than it is.

It explores the conventional and unconventional roles occupied in the modern nuclear family, encompassing ex wives half siblings and the insecurities and resentments that are a part of being human. More than anything, it is about the connections that are forged by pure will and love. I can't recommend it enough. I loved this story.

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katroh
Feb 18, 2021

Sue Miller. She never disappoints.

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Feb 07, 2021

I cannot put this book down. It is beautiful and gripping. All the characters are well developed and the way their lives are intertwined is quite interesting. I love Sue Miller!

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2303tes
Jan 20, 2021

It was ok until the husband died but continued to be boring after that.
I kept hoping it would get more interesting

ArapahoeJulieH Nov 15, 2020

Annie, becomes an unexpectant widow after thirty years of marriage. A backward glance at a marriage and a life both known and unknown. Beautifully written, complicated characters, engrossing and insightful.

debwalker Sep 09, 2020

When your husband of 30 years unexpectedly dies, and you find out he had a recent affair....

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brangwinn
Sep 08, 2020

I felt like Sue Miller was talking directly to me in this book about marriage. Although I haven’t experienced the unfaithfulness in the story, which makes the title ironic. Her second marriage to Graham and their romantic side as well as their close friendship rings true for someone who has been married a long time. I, too, am friends with my husband’s first wife. Although, my husband has not died, I am grieving his loss as he slowly disappears to dementia. I loved the reflections of the grown children as they seek love and careers just as their parents did. They add to the richness of the story and help fill in the dimensions of Annie, as she tells her story of marriage to Graham. I listened to the audio version as I lay in bed. The tranquil voice, the story in which I had so much in common with Annie, the sorrow at loss I identified. And although, my husband didn’t have an affair, the f*cking demon, Dementia, has stolen my husband just as unfaithfulness seemed to steal Graham from Annie. I imagine that people’s response to this book will depend on their age and their life experiences. For older readers, Miller’s ability to capture the internal lives of the characters will resonate.

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