Ebert, Roger. “Joie de Vivre Missing from Cardboard ‘Abbotts’.” The Chicago Sun-Times, April 4, 1997, p. 37. In this review of the film version of “Inventing the Abbotts,” well-known film critic Roger Ebert says the picture’s story and its values and style are inspired by the 1950’s. Argues that the film is haunted by a story problem, for it is not about anything but itself; the characters are so preoccupied by the twists of the plot they have no other interests.
Gussow, Mel. “Sue Miller Discovers a Trove of Domesticity.” The New York Times, March 8, 1999, p. E1. This general article, based on an interview and written on the occasion of the publication of Miller’s While I Was Gone, provides a biographical sketch, discusses critical response to Miller’s work, and comments on the novel’s source in the life of Katherine Ann Power, a 1960’s activist involved in a robbery and the killing of a policeman in Boston.
Hirsch, Marianne. Family Frames: Photography, Narrative, and Postmemory. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1997. Miller’s work is discussed in a study of family and photographs in contemporary literature and art.
McManus, Barbara F. “Anna and Demeter: The Myth of the Good Mother.” In The Anna Book, edited by Mickey Pearlman. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1992. Compares Miller’s novel to the parallel Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone...