Review The Lakeshore limited – Sue Miller
The Lake Shore Limited is both the title of this book and the title of the play one of the characters in the book decides to write. The lives of the four main characters are all changed by the events from 9/11. Each in a different way but no one will ever forget what it meant for the rest of their lives on that black day in history.
Billy’s boyfriend, Gus, left the house early that morning. After kissing her goodbye he hopped on the fatal flight to go to a funeral, not knowing it would be his final trip. Billy is devastated by the loss, but maybe even more so by having to live the lie for the rest of her life. She meant to break up with Gus after he returned form his trip. Now she is the bereaved window and feeling like a fraud. She writes a play to divert her thoughts.
Leslie was Gus’s sister. In the time Gus and Billy were lovers she and Billy became best friends. Now she grieves the loss of her brother. Who else to turn to, than her best friend Billy? After all, for al Leslie knows Billy is as sad as she is. Until she sees her play and understands.
Sam is Leslie’s new neighbor when he buys the house next to her for his wife. After he renovates the whole place his wife leaves him. Sam and Leslie become fast friends and maybe even a little more than just friends. Until Sam meets Billy and falls head over heels in love.
Rafe is the main character in the play Billy wrote. But Rafe has his own marriage problems. He puts his heart and soul in his acting. With his exceptional talent he brings everybody together. The missing pieces of questions never before answered fall into place. So does this play have a happy end? And if so, does that mean that the book ends well too?
Beautifully written, the author honestly describes the impact this awful day has on just four characters in the book. With respect and love she remembers hereby what it meant for the rest of the world. The day we all thought this was the end of life as we knew it. And it was. Without being sentimental she perfectly describes the lives after.
Sue Miller grew up in Chicago. As a single parent she had to work hard and taught creative writing for years before she started writing her own books. Now she’s written more than 10 books, most of them bestsellers. The Senator’s wife is one of her most beloved books. But please don’t leave ‘The Lake Shore Limited‘ on the bookshelf. It’s well worth the read.