by Julie HaleAugust, 2002
The World Below
Returning to the Vermont house bequeathed to her by an aunt, Catherine Hubbard freshly divorced and in her 50s takes stock of her life in this wonderfully resonant novel. The trip to Vermont is a journey into the past as Catherine reflects on her childhood, her mother's suicide, the teenage years she and her brother spent with their grandparents and her relationship with Georgia, the grandmother she adored. When she finds Georgia's diary, Catherine makes some life-changing discoveries about her broken family. Torn between the past and her life in San Francisco, she embarks on an emotional odyssey that's recounted with wisdom and grace by Miller, whose previous novel, While I Was Gone, was an Oprah's Book Club selection. A reading group guide is included in the book.