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Wine & Book Group Pick for September '06

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Sue Miller, Lost in the Forest  examines love, sensuality, and betrayal in idyllic Napa Valley wine country. A perfect setting for our September Wine and Book Group where we select a popular book each month and our partners at Women&Wine.com match delicious wines.

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September 01, 2006

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  • About the Author

    Sue Miller holds a BA and MEd from Harvard University, an MA in creative writing from Boston University, and an MA in teaching from Wesleyan University. She taught at various writing programmes in the Boston area and has been awarded a number of Fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship. While holding the Bunting Fellowship from Radcliffe College in 1983-84, she wrote the international bestseller The Good Mother.

    Sue Miller has written five other novels, including Family Pictures, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, While I Was Gone, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club, and a collection of short stories, Inventing the Abbots. In addition to her writing, Sue Miller serves as the chair of PEN New England.  Born in Chicago in 1943, Sue Miller lives in Boston.—Bloomsbury

    About the Book

    Eva and Mark had a solid marriage until Mark's affair. Some years later, Mark and Eva's two teenage daughters, Emily and Daisy, are living with Eva and her second husband, John, and their young son, Theo. John's death in a freak accident becomes the locus of an investigation of loss—loss of love, loss of innocence—and the conflicts between men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers.

    The backdrop of California vineyards is ideal for the growth and life-cycle themes that Miller so carefully cultivates. As Eva’s 15-year-old daughter Daisy tries her first glass of wine, has her first taste of sex, and experiments with her sense of power and voice, she develops into the heroine of the tale—one of the next generation of women learning to navigate the complex familiar waters of love and family.

    Selected Wines


    To match wines with this wonderful novel, Women and Wine have chosen some with family history in Napa Valley. Here are the wines. Click to their website for the family stories.

    Cakebread harvests its Sauvignon Blanc grapes at night to ensure the freshest, highest-quality juice. The 2005 is a vivacious white wine with bright grapefruit, lime, melon and hay aromas and concentrated kiwi, citrus and green apple flavors. Its refreshingly flinty, mineraly finish makes it a mouthwatering aperitif wine as well as a fine accompaniment poultry, vegetarian and seafood dishes.

    The 2002 Judd's Hill Cabernet is an elegant wine. The first impression is all about the fruit; lush and ripe and round. The tannins are soft and integrated but well-structured, allowing the wine to age 10-15 years. A complement to steaks, spicy poultry dishes, cheddar or blue cheese, barbequed ribs and other red meats.

     

    A seductive wine with a soft, elegant fruity style, the rich purple 2004 Merlot offers lush, focused flavors and aromas of cherries, strawberry, red and black plums and cranberry. A touch (15%) of Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine strength, firm tannins and age-ability. Cabernet Franc (10%) brings in lovely fragrance with a hint of violets.

    Previous Wine & Book Group Picks

    • August The Hummingbird's Daughter set in Mexico
    • July The Devil Wears Prada set in NYC
    • June Woolf in Ceylon set in Ceylon
    • May Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living Australia
    • April The Mermaid Chair set in South Carolina
    • March Memoirs of a Geisha set in Japan
    • February Get a Life set in South Africa
    • January The Shadow of the Wind, set in Barcelona
    • December Pride and Prejudice set in England
    • November Beyond Measure set in Renaissance Italy
    • October Breakfast at Tiffany's set in New York

     

     

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