The Distinguished Guest by Sue Miller

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When Alan's elderly mother, an acclaimed novelist with Parkinson's disease, comes to live with Alan and his wife, Gaby, the younger generation is disturbed by Lily's debilitation and reassesses their own lives. 150,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Sue Miller was born November 29, 1943. She received a B.A. from Radcliffe College in 1964. She was a high school teacher, a cocktail waitress and a model before becoming a full time mother. Soon after the birth of her child, she divorced her first husband. Afterwards, she founded the Harvard Day Care Centers and worked as a preschool teacher. At the age of 35, she began writing after joining a writing workshop. Her first novel The Good Mother (1986), which is about a divorced woman caught up in a fierce custody battle, was on the bestsellers list for six months. Her other works include Family Pictures (1990), For Love (1993), The Distinguished Guest (1995), and While I Was Gone (1999). She also has a short story collection titled Inventing the Abbotts and Other Stories (1987). Several of her books have been adapted into movies including The Good Mother (1988), which was directed by Leonard Nimoy and starred Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson; Family Pictures (1993), which starred Anjelica Houston and Sam Neill; and Inventing the Abbotts (1997), which starred Liv Tyler. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Smith College.
Published January 1, 1996 by Harpercollins. 300 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An intelligent, moving distillation of the lingering estrangements — and old wounds — that fester in families as the time runs out for forgiveness.

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One of Miller's signal strengths as a novelist is her eye for emotional and moral ambiguities. In her mature and intelligent fourth novel (after For Love), she subtly examines the themes of parental r

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