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The Beginner's Goodbye


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The international bestseller from Anne Tyler- a story about two ordinary people so intertwined they cannot be separated - even by death ...

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread and Vinegar Girl.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.


"A terrific writer... She's changed my perception on life'" * Anna Chancellor *
"Deeply rewarding novel about grief and hope, infused with gentle humour" * Sunday Times *
"A near flawless novel of love and loss ... exquisitely poignant but unsentimental" -- Rosemary Goring * Sunday Herald *
"She's a master storyteller and inventor of character" -- Vanessa Berridge * Daily Express *
"This novel's great achievement is to capture the tensions and subtleties of a married life cut short... I read it virtually in one sitting, but that's a fairly common experience with Anne Tyler books... I didn't want it to end. Which is also a fairly common Tyler thing" -- Viv Groskop * Independent on Sunday *

In Tyler's latest work, publisher Aaron Woolcott has led a painful life. He suffers from a crippled right arm and leg, a speech impediment, and a domineering sister. Now, an accident takes the life of his wife, Dorothy, an independent woman who provided him with much-needed joy and balance. An overwhelmed Aaron attempts to start over despite interference from his sister and coworkers. Dorothy's ghost appears to help him through these trials and to try to find peace in his new life. -VERDICT This quiet, reflective work touches thoughtfully on issues of loss and recovery. Reader Kirby Heyborne does an excellent job. Recommended to all Tyler fans and listeners who enjoy intelligent, low-key stories. ["Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler brilliantly explores a stunning range of human emotion, -poignantly considering the challenges of death while creating lovable characters whose foibles capture our hearts. Essential reading," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 4/1/12.-Ed.]-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Parkersburg Lib. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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