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The World Below Paperback – 3 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st Paperback Printing edition (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747561443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747561446
  • Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,362,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Sue Miller's graceful novel, The World Below, Cath Hubbard, a San Francisco woman in her fifties, returns to her grandmother's small Vermont house after the death of an aunt who left the property to Cath and her brother Laurence. Cath had lived with her grandparents for a few years in her teens, after her mother's suicide, and now makes her wounded way back, in the wake of a divorce, to sort through her memories of her beloved grandmother, Georgia. This is the standard fare of American literary fiction: a life-change prompting a search into the past. What is far less ordinary is Miller's placid, nuanced depiction of her protagonist's emotional journey.

None of Cath's feelings can be easily predicted by the reader, but all of them ring true. She finds her grandmother's diary and begins to fill in the stories that Georgia had hinted at over the years. What Cath discovers in her grandmother's journal is a secret that has lost its power to shock; and that very wearing-away of taboo adds to the poignancy of Georgia's restricted life. Her story unfolds against a backdrop of Cath's more immediate griefs and concerns, and begins to recede as Cath's San Francisco life returns to claim her. Miller's prose appears effortless, but is like the gestures of a magician, that conceal how the trick is accomplished. The result is a sage, continually surprising novel about finding peace-of-mind in a combination of habit, love and self-determination. --Regina Marler, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'An exploration of women's hopes and regrets ... a sensitive examination of two private lives' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Gorgeous ... Miller has created the sort of marriage readers hunger to read about' -- Publishers Weekly

'Miller writes with tremendous subtlety and perception' -- Daily Mail

'Rich and sensuous ... hugely evocative' -- Irish Independent

Subtle in its portrayal of the complex regret and grievance submerged beneath any marriage' -- Daily Telegraph

‘Beautifully written … full of insight and poignancy’ -- Mirror

‘Miller writes with tremendous subtlety and perception’ -- Daily Mail

‘Subtle in its portrayal of the complex regret and grievance submerged beneath any marriage’ -- Daily Telegraph

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