Some of the stories in this
collection are fictionalized; others recount real-life happenings just as they
occurred. All serve as entertaining reminders to treasure the people who share
Ethel Lee-Miller, a native of Long Island, New York, is a retired teacher, a writer, and a member of Toastmasters International with over three decades of educational and counseling experience. Her first book, Thinking of Miller Place: A Memoir of Summer Comfort (iUniverse 2007) depicted idyllic childhood summers with her identical twin. After moving to Tucson, Arizona, with her husband in 2009, she resumed her love affair with words through personal essays and short stories. When not writing, Ethel can be found hiking, dancing, reading, and enjoying being with people.
Relive the magic of childhood in Ethel Lee-Miller's stories of summers spent at her grandfather's home in Miller Place, a town on the northeastern end of Long Island. Away from mysterious adult worries, Ethel and her identical twin enjoy carefree days diving in the waters of the Long Island Sound and nights chasing fireflies.
Coupled with their adventures are the wondrous people the twins come into contact with: the sophisticated and graceful French woman who greets them at the beach with a warm smile, the fearless neighbor boy who initiates them into his tribe, and their loving father who takes time away from his busy work schedule to construct and fly kites with them.
With her "Finn" always by her side, Ethel savors childhood innocence while coming of age and forming secure, lasting ideals about love, beauty, home, and family. Even today, Ethel has only to think of Miller Place to claim a sense of comfort, serenity, and belonging.
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.