By JOANNA POWELL JONATHAN DURBIN CASSIDY STOCKWELL
January 21, 2008 12:00 PM

THE SENATOR’S WIFE

by Sue Miller |

REVIEWED BY JOANNA POWELL

NOVEL

Always fascinated with the fragility of domestic life, Miller here revisits themes of marital restlessness and betrayal while adding ripped-from-the-headlines plot elements: a womanizing politico and a case of postpartum depression. Delia, the senator’s wife of the title, has split from her cheating husband but never divorced him. She creates a sanctuary in Connecticut far from him and the prying eyes of Washington. But when Meri, a much younger newlywed, moves in next door, their lives become entwined, secrets are uncovered, and Delia’s veneer begins to crack. Though slow-paced at times, the story leads to a riveting collision even a politician might find shocking.

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