I've enjoyed Sue Miller's novels in the past, but the style of this novel is different. In this story, four individuals, each carrying their own personal baggage, are brought together by a two act play called, The Lake Shore Limited. The play takes place at a small theater in Boston. The play hits home on many levels. The main character, Rafe, learns that there has been a terrorist bombing on the train that his wife was a passenger on in Chicago's Union Station. To make matters worst, he was planning on leaving her for another woman prior to the bombing.
The playwright, Wilhelmina (Billy) Gertz, experienced a similar event. She was living with Gus, and she was planning to end their relationship when he was killed on one of the 9/11 planes, years earlier. The other two individuals are Leslie, sister of the late Gus, and, Sam, who was once in love with Leslie. Each of the four individuals are struggling with some heavy issues: the terminal illness of a spouse, a grieving widow without a sense of loss, a grieving sister who can't let go, and a lonely man who raised three children after his wife passed from cancer.
The novel begs the reader to ask themselves, if there is a proper way to feel and act when life throws us a curve ball. The story is a rich character study, about individuals trying to come to terms with events of the past and present; that I liked, as their issues seemed realistic. I think the story was just way to slow moving for me for a short novel. In the end when I weighed it all, I felt a bit underwhelmed. I will be looking forward to more novels by Sue Miller. This is one of those novels that you need to read for yourself and decided. (Rating - 3.5/5 stars)
(Review Copy Received from the Publisher)