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The Beginner's Goodbye
by Anne Tyler


Overview - Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about loss and recovery, pierced throughout with her humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron grew up fending off a sister who constantly wanted to manage him.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about loss and recovery, pierced throughout with her humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron grew up fending off a sister who constantly wanted to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, an outspoken, independent young woman, she's like a breath of fresh air. He marries her without hesitation, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. Aaron works at his family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead--in their house, on the roadway, in the market--help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually, Aaron discovers that maybe for this beginner there is indeed a way to say goodbye.

"Like a modern Jane Austen, Tyler creates small worlds depicting] the intimate bonds of friendship and family."--USA Today

"An absolute charmer of a novel . . . With sparkling prose . . . Anne] Tyler gets at the beating heart of what it means to lose someone, to say goodbye."--The Boston Globe

"Classic Tyler . . . The wonder of Anne Tyler is how consistently clear-eyed and truthful she remains about the nature of families and especially marriage."--Los Angeles Times

"Beautifully intricate . . . By the exquisitely romantic emotional climax an] ordinary life has bloomed into an opera."--Entertainment Weekly

Don't miss the conversation between Anne Tyler and Robb Forman Dew at the back of the book.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780345533357
  • ISBN-10: 0345533356
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: January 2013
  • Page Count: 209
  • Dimensions: 7.99 x 5.18 x 0.52 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.41 pounds


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