Anna Quindlen
Miller’s Valley: A Novel

Miller’s Valley: A Novel

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This story of a young girl growing up in a rural community during a time when the community itself is facing a tremendous change. This was wise, reflective, and easy to read, and strongly reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior.

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: A Memoir of a Woman’s Life

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake: A Memoir of a Woman’s Life

Booklist calls this "pithy." NPR says, "What Nora Ephron does for body image and Anne Lamott for spiritual neuroses, Quindlen achieves on the home front."

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Alternate Side

Alternate Side

I've developed an appreciate for Quindlen's work, and loved her last novel Miller's Valley, set in an insular community in rural Pennsylvania. Her new novel centers on another unique community: a well-to-do corner of the Upper West Side, noteworthy as the only cul-de-sac in Manhattan, and an act of violence that disrupts the easy status quo the residents have (on multiple levels) reached. I appreciated the way Quindlen probed questions of marriage, family, complacency, and class issues, but it was darker than I was expecting. The tone and content reminded me a lot of Emma Straub's Modern Lovers, but with a lot less sex.

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