Miller’s Valley

By Anna Quindlen

4 out of 5 stars

Miller’s Valley is one of those books that has a little rambling flow to it. There is not one big plot point. Instead, we are treated to the views of Mimi Miller as a young girl, all the way to her days as a grandmother. Her family has lived in Miller’s Valley for generations and despite the government trying to buy out the land so that they can flood the valley and make a recreational lake, her family stays put. There is life and death, birth, the aftermath of the Vietnam War, agoraphobia, so many little plot points that make up such a wonderful story. I felt at times as if I was on the Andy Griffith set but with a lot more mature things being thrown into the mix. Everyone knew everyone and yet, there were plenty of secrets. Mimi is a great narrator. She sees things very clearly as she watches her family somehow fight through obstacles. She doesn’t sugarcoat anything and is definitely a great character to tell the story. There is something about a story set in a small town that always reels me in. There is a quietness to it that makes you glad you visited, even if only in a book. Anna Quindlen does it again.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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