The Good Mother: A Novel

The Good Mother: A Novel

by Sue Miller


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New York Times Bestseller

"A tour de force. Sue Miller goes straight to the dark heart of the matter of modern sexual morality."   — Russell Banks

Sue Miller’s critically acclaimed bestselling novel about a woman torn between motherhood and sexuality.

Recently divorced, Anna Dunlap has two passionate attachments: her daughter, four-year-old Molly, and her lover, Leo, the man who makes her feel beautiful—and sexual—for the first time. Swept away by happiness and passion, Anna feels she has everything she's ever wanted.

Then come the shocking charges that will threaten her new love, her new "family". . . and that force her to prove she is a good mother. 

An extraordinary, perceptive, and significant novel, The Good Mother will continue to resonate as strongly with readers today as when it was first published over thirty years ago.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062973481
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 447,964
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sue Miller is the bestselling author of While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Good Mother. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1943

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois


B.A., Radcliffe College, 1964; M.A.T., Wesleyan U., 1965; Ed.M., Harvard U., 1975; M.A. Boston U., 1980

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