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The Lake Shore Limited (2010)

por Sue Miller

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Fiction. Literature. Romance. HTML:Four unforgettable characters beckon you into this spellbinding new novel from Sue Miller, the author of 2008??s heralded best seller The Senator??s Wife. First among them is Wilhelmina??Billy??Gertz, small as a child, fiercely independent, powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. The story itself centers on The Lake Shore Limited??a play Billy has written about an imagined terrorist bombing of that train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife, who is traveling on it. Billy had waited in just such a way on 9/11 to hear whether her lover, Gus, was on one of the planes used in the attack.
The novel moves from the snow-filled woods of Vermont to the rainy brick sidewalks of Boston as the lives of the other characters intersect and interweave with Billy??s: Leslie, Gus??s sister, still driven by grief years after her brother??s death; Rafe, the actor who rises to greatness in a performance inspired by a night of incandescent lovemaking; and Sam, a man irresistibly drawn to Billy after he sees the play that so clearly displays the terrible conflicts and ambivalence of her situation.
How Billy has come to create the play out of these emotions, how it is then created anew on the stage, how the performance itself touches and changes the other characters?? lives??these form the thread that binds them all together and drives the novel compulsively forward.
A powerful love story; a mesmerizing tale of entanglements, connections, and inconsolable losses; a marvelous reflection on the meaning of grace and the uses of sorrow, in life and in art: The Lake Shore Limited is Su
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A really lovely story that follows four characters, 2 men and 2 women, through ordinary lives that ring startingly true. Each struggles with establishing connections, managing family, love, and all the related choices and the result is a simple but very sastisfying read. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
this is a novel that I will be studying (for technique) and contemplating (for the characters, who seemed so vivid and fully developed) for a long time. Set in Boston, I could recognize every street and restaurant, which added to the pleasure I derived from Sue Miller's work. But also, she follows four characters, each of them connected to the other three in some way which isn't always apparent at first look. And a play is at the heart of this novel, weaving together these two art forms as I have never seen done before. Highly recommended ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
Slow, but somehow appropriate for the day I am having. Also, I love reading about theatre. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
I understand that this story in its simplest form is about grief, and the many different faces of grief, but I did not really feel any empathy for any of the characters. I felt the conversation and connections between the characters were forced and not realistic (including their sex lives). The Gus character was not fully developed, and I think this is the main fault of the story. If I could have really understand his and Lesley's connection and the relationship between him and Billy, I think the story would have been much more compelling. Overall I was very disappointed. ( )
  MicrobeMom | Mar 23, 2018 |
Slow, but somehow appropriate for the day I am having. Also, I love reading about theatre. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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... Quintessential Miller, touching on the themes that have animated her fiction for the past quarter-century: the potency of sex; the failure of men and women to understand each other; the hunger for a different life
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Fiction. Literature. Romance. HTML:Four unforgettable characters beckon you into this spellbinding new novel from Sue Miller, the author of 2008??s heralded best seller The Senator??s Wife. First among them is Wilhelmina??Billy??Gertz, small as a child, fiercely independent, powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. The story itself centers on The Lake Shore Limited??a play Billy has written about an imagined terrorist bombing of that train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife, who is traveling on it. Billy had waited in just such a way on 9/11 to hear whether her lover, Gus, was on one of the planes used in the attack.
The novel moves from the snow-filled woods of Vermont to the rainy brick sidewalks of Boston as the lives of the other characters intersect and interweave with Billy??s: Leslie, Gus??s sister, still driven by grief years after her brother??s death; Rafe, the actor who rises to greatness in a performance inspired by a night of incandescent lovemaking; and Sam, a man irresistibly drawn to Billy after he sees the play that so clearly displays the terrible conflicts and ambivalence of her situation.
How Billy has come to create the play out of these emotions, how it is then created anew on the stage, how the performance itself touches and changes the other characters?? lives??these form the thread that binds them all together and drives the novel compulsively forward.
A powerful love story; a mesmerizing tale of entanglements, connections, and inconsolable losses; a marvelous reflection on the meaning of grace and the uses of sorrow, in life and in art: The Lake Shore Limited is Su

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