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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Monogamy by Sue Miller, read by Sue Miller.

Annie is not the first love of Graham’s life, but she is, he thinks, his last and greatest. Very recently, he has faltered; but he means to put it right. 

Here they are in marriage, in late middle age, in comfort. Mismatched, and yet so well matched: the bookseller with his appetite, his conviviality, his bigness; the photographer with her delicacy, her astuteness, her reserve. The children are offstage, grown up and scattered on either coast; Graham’s first wife, Frieda, is peaceably in their lives, but not between them. 

Then the unthinkable happens. Now Annie stumbles in the dark: did she know all there was to know about the man who loved her? If no marriage is without its small indiscretions, how great does a betrayal have to be to be to break it?

A novel about marriage, family, secrets and love, Monogamy confirms Sue Miller’s place among the greatest writers at work in America today.

©2020 Sue Miller (P)2020 Harper Collins USA

Critic reviews

"One of the most emotionally truthful novels I have ever read." (Daisy Buchanan)

"An invaluably moving book.' (Juliet Nicolson)

"One to read first for the story and then to re-read at leisure and marvel at how real these people feel." (Erin Kelly) 

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beautiful

Increadibly beautiful and sad. it's the first book by Sue Miller that I listened to, definitely not the last one. Read so beautifully by the author. I feel jealous of those who are still to discover the beauty of this text.

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Disappointing

I found the tone of the narration dull which may have clouded my overall judgement. Despite the background of a long and happy marriage the novel displayed very little Joy. Annie had so much to be positive about yet she left me feeling quite depressed!

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Emotionally powerful & truthful novel

The author’s reading of this novel was captivating in its excellence . Having been through the grief process of loosing my husband of 40 years 5 years ago it resonated with so many of the feelings i experienced. It was not , however, a depressing read . It made me think , it was beautifully written . A great listen.

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Good story but off putting narration

Actually enjoyed the story although felt the author struggled to bring to a satisfactory conclusion so some chapters that didn’t seem to go anywhere. I get why as someone who has lived and breathed life into a story why they might think that they are best placed to narrate but trust me you are not leave it to the experts I stopped reading Marion Keyes for this very reason Voice artists bring life to the story so add not subtract from it

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I didn’t want to like this book

I kept taking offense to what I felt was unnecessary use of profanity... I kept wanting not to be interested in the characters reflections (the book is built on reflections of what happens not what happens). I kept waiting for the next sentence to be the one that makes me put the book down but I finished it in two days. I love reading about the way people understand and process what’s happening to them so this ended up being right up my ally.