The Good Mother: A Novel (Paperback)

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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.

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.

Praise For…


“This powerful novel proves as subtle as it is dramatic, as durable—in its emotional afterlife—as it is instantly readable.” — New York Times

“A tour de force. Sue Miller goes straight to the dark heart of the matter of modern sexual morality.” — Laura Kaye, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“One of those rare novels you live more than you read.” — Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of Home Free

“A strong, touching, deeply believable exploration of a woman’s emotional life.” — Mademoiselle

“A remarkable accomplishment.” — Chicago Tribune

“Astonishing…courageous and unique.” — Atlanta Journal & Constitution

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062973481
ISBN-10: 0062973487
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 336
Language: English