The Beginner's Goodbye

The Beginner's Goodbye

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances--in their house, on the roadway, in the market.
 
Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. 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 help him to live in the moment and to find some peace.
 
Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
 
A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler's humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2012
ISBN: 9780307969149
Branch Call Number: AB TYLE
Characteristics: 6 compact discs (ca. 6 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Heyborne, Kirby

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smc01 Aug 29, 2012

I've read almost every one of Anne Tyler's novels, so I'm a big fan. I didn't ejoy this one as much as usual. I found Aaron to be annoying and rude to his friends and wife, though some of that may have been due to the narrator's voice. The story is a good one but the characters just aren't as well drawn as most of her previous ones.

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