Sue Miller: Career Novelist
Critically acclaimed and loved by readers, Sue Miller is internationally recognized for her elegant and sharply realistic accounts of the contemporary family. Her books have been published in twenty countries around the world. THE GOOD MOTHER (1986), the first of Miller's nine novels, was an immediate bestseller.
The daughter of a minister, Miller grew up in Chicago. She entered Radcliffe College at the age of sixteen. She was in her mid-thirties before she began publishing short stories and writing novels. In 1979, she earned a fellowship to Boston University in creative writing. A second fellowship the following year enabled Miller to practice her craft and eventually produce THE GOOD MOTHER. She followed her first novel with a collection of short stories, INVENTING THE ABBOTTS AND OTHER STORIES (1987), demonstrating her ability to chart complex stories outside of the format of the novel.
FAMILY PICTURES (1990), her next novel, was also a bestseller. Miller followed up with FOR LOVE (1993), THE DISTINGUISHED GUEST (1995), WHILE I WAS GONE (1999) and THE WORLD BELOW (2001). THE STORY OF MY FATHER, A MEMOIR (2003) was Miller's first departure into nonfiction. It was a personal recollection of her father and what happens during the course of Alzheimer's disease. LOST IN THE FOREST (2005) featured a plot based on the fairy tale of Red Riding Hood and the wolf. Miller served as an editor for the collection "Best New American Voices" (2007) and her novel, THE SENATOR'S WIFE, followed in 2008, spending eleven weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Her most recent novel, THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED, was published in April 2010 by Knopf.
Ms. Miller has been the recipient of a Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant, a MacDowall fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship. THE GOOD MOTHER was adapted for film starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson (1998). FAMILY PICTURES was adapted for television with Anjelica Huston and Sam Neill (1993). INVENTING THE ABBOTTS AND OTHER STORIES was adapted for film (1997) with Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup and WHILE I WAS GONE was adapted for television (2004) with Kirstie Alley.
Sue Miller's papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.
Located in the Gotlieb Memorial Gallery on the first of Mugar Memorial Library. The Exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.