Rebecca Miller with her husband Daniel Day Lewis; she is the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and photographer Inge Morath. Total by Rebecca Miller Canongate, €16.76 Kindle, €8.67 I meet Rebecca Miller in a Dublin hotel on a day when torrential rain has caused traffic gridlock. We've both travelled from Co Wicklow and have arrived a few minutes late. We're here to discuss Total, Miller's new book of short stories. It's a masterful collection showing characters in extremis and is both comedic and dark. Drawn from inspiration over many years, she wrote the bulk of the stories during the first lockdown in New York. Did some of the darkness of that time seep into the stories? “I think so, yes,” she says, after a pause for thought. “I don't see how it could not have. I mean, we were all washing our groceries, and had a terror of touching. “And to think that there was no vaccine — it was terrifying. “Death was everywhere and the sense that outside your circle of life there is darkness is definitely present in the stories.” This collection is the first Miller has produced in more than 20 years (her first, Personal Velocity, a Washington Post Best Book of 2001, was the basis for her award-winning film of the same name). But that's not to imply that Miller has been idle in the interim. There have been two novels, four other feature films, and a documentary film about her father, the playwright Arthur […]
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