Lost in the Forest By Sue Miller

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Like Alison Lurie and Anne Tyler, Sue Miller plays out her familial and romantic dramas against the backdrop of folksie American suburbia. Here the victim of the piece is an academically-minded young teen called Daisy. Having suffered a double blow - her parents' divorce, followed by the death of a much loved step-father - she is ripe for the picking. At her mother's birthday party, celebrated in Californian wine country, Daisy is seduced by a family friend. In this satisfying novel exploring the greyer areas of sexual attachment, Miller has much to say about father-figures.