Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

Book - 1988
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In Breathing Lessons, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989, we meet the harum-scarum Maggie, married for 28 years to competent, infallible Ira. On a hot summer day they are driving to Deer Lick, Pennsylvania, 90 miles from their home in Baltimore, to the funeral of a friend. During the course of that journey, with its several unexpected detours, Anne Tyler shows us all there is to know about a marriage: the expectations and disappointments; the way children can create storms in a family; and the way that a wife and husband can fall in love all over again.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 1988
ISBN: 9780143012429
0143012428
Branch Call Number: TYLE
Characteristics: 327 p

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becknireckn
Apr 02, 2016

This Pulitzer prize winning book made me laugh and cry. I love Maggie and Ira. I always feel like I personally know Anne Tyler's characters because Anne's insight into human nature is so spot on. It helps that this was made into a movie that works so well with James Garner and Joanne Woodward. There is a funny scene where Maggie stands and starts singing ridiculously at her friends funeral much to Ira's extreme embarrassment. Also, their love in spite of their opposite personalities is touching. I saw friends and family, and a little of myself, in this wonderful book.

lbehrman Jul 31, 2012

This book was ok. I read it because I had purchased it years ago at a library sale.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This is a story about a couple and marriage. The woman is too ditzy to be good, but the book is funny.

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hallcynthia1
Jan 20, 2011

Read it, but didn't like it. I felt uncomfortable with the personalities and their petty world. Amazing that the whole story takes place in one day. I just wanted it to be over.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 21, 2009

Maggie Moran plans to reunite her son with his estranged wife and baby.

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