The World Below

The World Below

A Novel

Book - 2001
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From the author of While I Was Gone, a stunning new novel that showcases Sue Miller's singular gift for exposing the nerves that lie hidden in marriages and families, and the hopes and regrets that lie buried in the hearts of women. Maine, 1919. Georgia Rice, who has cared for her father and two siblings since her mother's death, is diagnosed, at nineteen, with tuberculosis and sent away to a sanitarium. Freed from the burdens of caretaking, she discovers a nearly lost world of youth and possibility, and meets the doomed young man who will become her lover. Vermont, the present. On the heels of a divorce, Catherine Hubbard, Georgia's granddaughter, takes up residence in Georgia's old house. Sorting through her own affairs, Cath stumbles upon the true story of Georgia's life and marriage, and of the misunderstanding upon which she built a lasting love. With the tales of these two women--one a country doctor's wife with a haunting past, the other a twice-divorced San Francisco schoolteacher casting about at midlife for answers to her future--Miller offers us a novel of astonishing richness and emotional depth. Linked by bitter disappointments, compromise, and powerful grace, the lives of Georgia and Cath begin to seem remarkably similar, despite their distinctly different times: two young girls, generations apart, motherless at nearly the same age, thrust into early adulthood, struggling with confusing bonds of attachment and guilt; both of them in marriages that are not what they seem, forced to make choices that call into question the very nature of intimacy, faithfulness, betrayal, and love. Marvelously written, expertly told, The World Below captures the shadowy half-truths of the visible world, and the beauty and sorrow submerged beneath the surfaces of our lives--the lost world of the past, our lost hopes for the future. A tour de force from one of our most beloved storytellers. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375410949
0375410945
Characteristics: 275 p.

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Mar 02, 2015

If the point here was to show how little we really know about others, she succeeded. But while Sue Miller writes beautiful prose, this book never came together as a satisfying novel for me. The characters were not engaging. The plot, or what little there was of one, went nowhere. I found it really disappointing based on her other works.

dhanshaw123 Jan 09, 2012

It kept my interest enough to finish it but it didn't move me in any way. In fact I didn't like the main character at all.

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jbeckber
Aug 14, 2008

Unfortunately this book let me down, it didn't live up to the standard of Sue Miller in books like "THe Good Mother" and "While I was Gone". It was an OK read, easy going and light.

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