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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sue Miller  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

-- Sue Miller on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Sue was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sue Miller is an American writer who has authored a number of best-selling novels. Her duties as a single mother left her with little time to write for many years, and as a result she did not publish her first novel until 1986, after spending almost a decade in various fellowships and teaching positions. Since then, two of her novels have been made into feature films, and her book While I Was Gone was an Oprah's Book Club pick in 2000. Sue Miller is now a professor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she teaches creative writing classes.

Published Works

  • The Good Mother, Harper, 1986
  • Family Pictures, Harper, 1990
  • For Love, Harper, 1993
  • The Distinguished Guest, Harper, 1995
  • While I Was Gone, Knopf, 1999
  • The World Below, Knopf, 2001
  • The Story of My Father, Knopf, 2003
  • The Senator's Wife, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008
  • The Lake Shore Limited, Vantage, 2011

Selected Titles At Your Library

The good mother /
ISBN: 0060505931. OCLC Number:

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After taking a lover, Anna Dunlap finds herself in a custody battle for her four-year-old daughter Molly.

Family pictures :
ISBN: 0060929987. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1990.

A Masterful, Engrossing Novel About The Life Of A Large Family That Is Deeply Bounded By The Stranger In Their Midst -- An Autistic Child The whole world could not have broken the spirit and strength of the Eberhardt family of 1948. Lainey is a wonderful if slightly eccentric mother. David is a good father, sometimes sarcastic, always cool-tempered. Two wonderful children round out the perfect picture. Then the next child arrives -- and life is never the same again. Over the next forty years, the Eberhardt family struggles to survive a flood tide of upheaval and heartbreak, love and betrayal, passion and pain ... hoping they can someday heal their hearts.

The distinguished guest /
ISBN: 0747584648. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury,. London :. 2006.

While I was gone /
ISBN: 0747595038. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury,. London :. 2008.

Thirty years ago Jo Becker's bohemian life ended when she found her best friend brutally murdered. Now Jo has everything: work she loves, a devoted husband, three grown daughters and a beautiful home.

World Below.
ISBN: 0708949843. OCLC Number:

F.A. Thorpe,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 2003.

Catherine Hubbard is at a crossroads in her life in San Francisco. She is twice divorced - although she knows public opinion only seems to allow for one marital mistake - and her three children are grown and scattered. Then news comes that she has inherited her grandmother Georgia's home in Vermont. There, Catherine finds not only the ghosts of her own past but those of Georgia's as well. Georgia's diaries, discovered in the attic, reveal Georgia's deepest secrets - her first encounter with the young doctor she will later marry, the tragic misunderstanding at the heart of their relationship, and the lie that seals their fate...

The story of my father :
ISBN: 0345455444. OCLC Number:

Random House Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 2004.

A memoir in which the author describes her experiences caring for her father in the final months of his battle with Alzheimer's disease, and shares the insights she gained into his life, as well as her own.

The senator's wife /
ISBN: 074759483X. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2008.

Two unconventional women--Meri Fowler, pregnant, newly married, and discovering the gap between reality and expectation, and Delia Naughton, wife of a notoriously unfaithful liberal senator--confront the costs and challenges of love.



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