Review: Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

 by Anna Quindlen – Unabridged – purchased ($14.95) via iBooks – presented by Audible.com – from Brilliance Audio.

Narrator: Brittany Pressley

Length: 8 hr 9 min

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Advance Reader’s Copy (via NetGalley), Random House, 2016

My Review (5 Stars: Loved It!)

I received an ARC e-book for review, free of charge from NetGalley, but due to a back injury decided to purchase the audio version.

Listening to audiobooks is new to me.  Miller’s Valley was the first one I chose to listen to on my new iPod.

It was an excellent choice.  I did not expect a production, but it was one, by narrator, Brittany Pressley. She voiced each character differently.  I think I am hooked now on audiobooks.

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen is a poignant novel, yet uplifting at the same time.

Miller’s Valley is Mary Margaret (Mimi) Miller’s account of her life.  It is fiction, but just like real life, her story is seldom sugar coated.  She lives on a farm, in a Pennsylvania mountain valley.  The government has plans to takeover the valley.

Author, Anna Quindlen, does an excellent job in telling this story.  I could easily picture the farm and the valley.  I felt I knew the characters.  They included, Bud, Mimi’s father who worked hard on the farm,  Mimi’s mother, Miriam, who was a nurse and could keep quiet about what she knew and her brother Tom, a Vietnam war veteran.  Of course, just like in real life, there are also additional characters that add breadth and depthnetgalley50 to this story.

I’d like to thank the author, Anna Quindlen, Random House, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for review.

What Others Are Saying

Miller’s Valley, in my opinion, is a completely satisfying novel and Quindlen’s best in twenty years. Don’t miss it!” – JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

About The Author (from the author’s website)

ANNA QUINDLEN is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object LessonsOne True ThingBlack and BlueBlessingsRise and ShineEvery Last OneStill Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

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My Other Review

Here is the 2013 link to a review of another novel I’ve read by Anna Quindlen: Review: Still Life With Bread Crumbs.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 

I received this book (ARC) free from the publisher, Random House via NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

7 comments

  1. I have loved Quindlen’s books for a long time, now…and this one did not disappoint. So glad you enjoyed it, too.

    Still Life with Bread Crumbs was a little different from her usual book, but I enjoyed it. You might love One True Thing or Every Last One.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hmm okay, I think this will my first taste of this author and on audio. When an audio is well done it cannot be surpassed it really adds to a book. At times it can detract if the narrator is all wrong. In this case sounds perfect. Sold!

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  3. I really loved this one as well. Glad the audio was good (I’m listening to more audios lately as well).

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