The Distinguished Guest

Paperback | January 31, 1999

bySue Miller

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The moving story of a mother and son that touches the deepest concerns about love, art, family, and life

Lily Maynard is proud, chilly, difficult, and has become a famous writer at age seventy-two. Now, stricken with Parkinson's disease and staying with her architect son Alan, Lily must cope with her fading powers as well as with disturbing memories of the events that estranged her from her children and ended her marriage. For Alan, her visit raises old questions about his relationship with her, about the choices he has made in his own life, and about the nature of love, disappointment, and grief. Profound and moving, The Distinguished Guest reveals a family trying to understand the meaning of its life together, while confronting inevitable loss and the vision of an immeasurably altered future.

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Like the earth itself, intimate love and family relationships rest on constantly shifting ground. Sue Miller knows this well and writes of these conditions with wit, humour and intelligence. In The Distinguished Guest an upright, regal mother rattles her son during a visit with him. This is definitely a story any son and mother can rel...

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The moving story of a mother and son that touches the deepest concerns about love, art, family, and life Lily Maynard is proud, chilly, difficult, and has become a famous writer at age seventy-two. Now, stricken with Parkinson's disease and staying with her architect son Alan, Lily must cope with her fading powers as well as with dist...

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The Distinguished Guest chronicles the visit of an ailing woman to her son and his family. Lily Maynard is proud, chilly, difficult, and famous for writing, at age seventy-two, a memoir about the dissolution of her marriage years earlier and the spiritual and political crises that precipitated that rift. Now, stricken with Parkinson's ...

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060930004

ISBN - 13:9780060930004

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Like the earth itself, intimate love and family relationships rest on constantly shifting ground. Sue Miller knows this well and writes of these conditions with wit, humour and intelligence. In The Distinguished Guest an upright, regal mother rattles her son during a visit with him. This is definitely a story any son and mother can relate to.

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"Ms. 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""There is a certain kind of knowledge that we reach only through a certain kind of fiction: fiction so rich, so thoughtful, so absorbing that reading it is like experiencing the passage in our own lives."-- "Los Angeles Times Book Review"