Product Description(from Amazon.Com) Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia—wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton—is Meri's new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Tom's chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong.
Soon Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, as they both reckon with the contours and mysteries of marriage: one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun. With precision and a rich vitality, Sue Miller—beloved and bestselling author of While I Was Gone—brings us a highly charged, superlative novel about marriage and forgiveness.
This was a pretty good book. The way the author interweaves Delia and Meri's lives, yet they are a totally different stories. Delia is The Senator's Wife, kind of! Delia and Tom haven't been together as husband and wife for years. They have been lover's. This all happened because of Tom's extra marital affairs. Delia always forgave him, but she couldn't live with him. And Delia always loves Tom.
Meri and Nathan are newly married. And expecting their first child. Meri and Nathan are very young. Meri is totally confused about her life as a wife and mother. She sees herself as not a very maternal mother, this is because of her own upbringing. Her mother was "scatter brained".
As their lives intermingle, it becomes apparent to Meri and Delia that they are somewhat alike! But as one day an innocent occurs between Tom and Meri their lives are changed forever!