The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller. i feel awfully mixed about it. it was a terribly good read; it made me laugh and joyous and cry and horribly angry. i feel only the best books can evoke such emotion.
i recommend it to anyone who has an open mind about life and love and sex and adulthood.
He didn’t answer for a moment, and she thought he’d dropped off. But then he turned and touched her face. ‘I think we’re a match made right here on earth, in this very house.’
‘That’s not funny, Delia.’
She turned and looked directly at him. His face was grim, his mouth a tight line. She lifted her shoulders. ‘Ah,’ she said, her voice lowered. ‘So you can make me want to die, but I’m not allowed to talk about it with you.’
‘You don’t want to die,’ he said fiercely. He gripped her hands, raised them to his mouth, kissed them.
Delia leaned against him, her forehead touching his chin. The she sat up straight, abruptly. ‘No. Not anymore. But I do want to disappear.’
‘What if I don’t want you to disappear?’ he asked.
She thought for a moment, wanting to be sure she didn’t speak from bravado. Then she said, ‘Well, but you’re no longer in charge of that.’