Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn 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.
©2012 Random House Audio (P)2012 Anne Tyler
It was a disappointment...it seems to drone on...perhaps it is the fact that the narrator in the book is somewhat of a whiner and loser...and it difficult to listen to.
I read all her books. Absolutely.
This story was interesting and easy to follow while driving.
I liked the lead character. He was quirky and vulnerable without being wimpy.
I enjoyed listening to the book, but it did not evoke an extreme reaction in me.
I liked the accessibility of the main character, and the references to the city of Baltimore where I used to live.
I would have added more scenes of the couple intereacting. The finale seemed random without that.
He shapes my impression of the main character. The reading was well-done.
I'm always waiting for the next great Anne Tyler book.
Any book by Anne Tyler is worth the ride. Her books are unfailingly warm, funny and insightful. That said, I must add that this one is not my favorite. I prefer Noah's Compass as well as several of her earlier works to this one.
I especially liked the contractor who ended up marrying the quirky sister. He alone showed the sort of sweet, flawed humanity that her other books have in more abundance.
That would be the character I just mentioned, although I cannot recall his name.
Please try other books by Anne Tyler such as Ladder of Years, Saint Maybe, Accidental Tourist and Patchwork Planet. I love them all and have returned to them many times.
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A good (and short) book by Anne Tyler about a widower dealing with the ghost of his wife - She's dealt with this topic before to greater success, but her characters are always so vivid and interesting, it's difficult to not like an Anne Tyler novel.
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