This cover image released by Harper shows “Monogamy” a novel by Sue Miller.


“Monogamy,” by Sue Miller (HarperCollins)

Even after reading all 338-plus pages of Sue Miller’s new novel, it’s hard to tell if the noun of the title is aspirational or unattainable. And maybe that’s the point.

“Monogamy” stars Annie and Graham, two Cambridge residents devoted to the arts (he co-owns a bookstore, she’s a photographer), happily married for three decades. Miller shifts timelines — a memory in the present sparks a pages-long trip into the past where we learn both of their back stories and get to meet the other people in their lives. They have one child together, Sarah, and Graham has a son

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