Miller’s Val­ley by Anna Quindlen (Scrib­ner, £8.99)

Sunday Herald Life - - BOOKS REVIEW - By Alas­tair Mab­bott

In 1960s Penn­syl­va­nia, Mimi Miller lives in the val­ley that bears her fam­ily’s name. Though a smart girl, she strug­gles to imag­ine a world out­side this farm­ing-based com­mu­nity, and her brother, who came back from Viet­nam a wreck, is a cau­tion­ary ex­am­ple of the dan­gers that lurk out­side. But she may have no choice. A longth­reat­ened dam con­struc­tion looks cer­tain to sub­merge their town for­ever. Quindlen spins a tale that’s res­o­nant and mov­ing, fol­low­ing Mimi’s jour­ney to adult­hood as she works hard, cares for her fam­ily and stores up mem­o­ries for a time when the town that was her life will no longer ex­ist.

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