Sue Miller: Career Novelist


Critically acclaimed and loved by readers, Sue Miller is internationally recognized for her elegant and sharply realistic accounts of the contemporary family. Her books have been published in twenty countries around the world. The Good Mother (1986), the first of Miller's nine novels, was an immediate bestseller.

The daughter of a minister, Miller grew up in Chicago. She entered Radcliffe College at the age of sixteen. She was in her mid-thirties before she began publishing short stories and writing novels. In 1979, she earned a fellowship to Boston University in creative writing. A second fellowship the following year enabled Miller to practice her craft and eventually produce the Good Mother. She followed her first novel with a collection of short stories, Inventing the Abbotts and Other Stories (1987), demonstrating her ability to chart complex stories outside of the format of the novel.

Ms. Miller has been the recipient of a Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant, a MacDowall fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship. The Good Mother was adapted for film starring Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson (1998). Family Pictures was adapted for television with Anjelica Huston and Sam Neill (1993). Inventing the Abbotts and Other Stories was adapted for film (1997) with Joaquin Phoenix and Billy Crudup and While I Was Gone was adapted for television (2004) with Kirstie Alley.

Sue Miller's papers are part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

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Sue Miller
Sue Miller