The World Below

The World Below

Book - 2001
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1. 1 2. What is the significance of Samuel and Catherine's discussion about the 'central invisible fact' of people's life [p. 137]? What 'invisible fact' underlies the lives of Georgia, of John, and of Catherine herself?
The questions, discussion topics, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Sue Miller's The World Below , a moving, often surprising exploration of the things people keep hidden from those closest to them. At its heart are two women: Catherine, a twice-divorced mother of three grown children who faces new possibilities and choices as she enters her fifties, and Georgia, Catherine's grandmother, the devoted wife of a country doctor who raised Catherine and her brother after the suicide of their mentally ill mother.

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After being diagnosed at nineteen with tuberculosis in 1919, a young woman is sent to a sanitarium, where she rediscovers the pleasures of unfettered youth and falls in love with a doomed man. 200,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Maine, 1919. Georgia Rice, who has cared for her father and two siblings since her mother's death, is diagnosed, at nineteen, with tuberculosis and sent away to a sanitarium. Freed from the burdens of caretaking, she discovers a nearly lost world of youth and possibility, and meets the doomed young man who will become her lover.
Vermont, the present. On the heels of a divorce, Catherine Hubbard, Georgia's granddaughter, takes up residence in Georgia's old house. Sorting through her own affairs, Cath stumbles upon the true story of Georgia's life and marriage, and of the misunderstanding upon which she built a lasting love.

& Taylor

After being diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1919, a young woman is sent to a sanitarium, where she rediscovers the pleasures of unfettered youth and falls in love with a doomed man.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375410949
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mil
Characteristics: p. cm


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Mar 02, 2015

If the point here was to show how little we really know about others, she succeeded. But while Sue Miller writes beautiful prose, this book never came together as a satisfying novel for me. The characters were not engaging. The plot, or what little there was of one, went nowhere. I found it really disappointing based on her other works.

dhanshaw123 Jan 09, 2012

It kept my interest enough to finish it but it didn't move me in any way. In fact I didn't like the main character at all.

Aug 14, 2008

Unfortunately this book let me down, it didn't live up to the standard of Sue Miller in books like "THe Good Mother" and "While I was Gone". It was an OK read, easy going and light.


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