The Distinguished Guest

Author(s): Sue Miller


At the age of seventy-two, Lily Roberts became a national celebrity on writing her first book - a spiritual memoir. But her new-found fame was not well received by her son Alan and wayward daughter Clary, both profoundly disturbed by Lily's intimate revelations about her married life. Ten years on their resentment is still raw, and when Lily, now ill and frail, comes to live with Alan, the bitter legacy of their very different memories threatens to upset the precarious balance of their lives.


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For fans of Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve

'Wonderful - rich, intelligent and moving ... this is the fiction we need' Los Angeles Times 'Miller depicts her characters with grace and elegance, enriching their perceptions with strands of connecting images and intertwined history ... A very moving book' New York Times Book Review 'As in the work of Jane Austen, Sue Miller's tale of a proud elderly woman who visits and bedevils her son is genuinely adult fiction' Chicago Tribune 'Miller's skill at dissecting relationships is as well honed here as ever' Newsweek

Sue Miller is the author of the books While I Was Gone, The Good Mother, Family Pictures, For Love, Inventing The Abbots, The World Below, The Story of My Father and Lost in the Forest. She lives in Boston.

General Fields

  • : 9780747584643
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : May 2006
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2006
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sue Miller
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 288