“Monogamy” by Sue Miller

Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been sitting on this review for a few weeks as I wanted to think a bit more about whether I actually liked this book so I’m going to break it down simply.

The good

The setting was captured perfectly, I’ve never been to Cambridge, MA but I felt like I could have been.

I also liked the day to day domesticity and the descriptions of the house etc. Maybe that’s a weird thing to like but it made it feel real

This book achieves the rare feat of seamless transitions into different character points of view. It was really skilfully done.

The portrayals of grief, jealousy and the messiness of long term relationships and extended families was captured really well.

The not so good

I kept forgetting who the female characters were. Their characters were all rather bland and sometimes they all blended into each other because they weren’t terribly interesting. I hesitate to say it was “Boring White Ladies the Book” but….yeah.

I felt a bit like I’d read this book before. I had a really strong sense of deja vu and drove myself crazy wondering if I read a book similar to it that had the same plot premise/unexpected twist at the start. Or was there a movie with a similar chain of events? Maybe I’m losing the plot or maybe it just felt a bit similar to other books where a seemingly beautiful and intelligent woman loses her god damn mind over a guy who aint shit.

An interesting enough read but it didn’t bring anything new to the table for me.

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