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Publisher's Summary

Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for 28 years... and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other's eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wants nothing more than to fix her son's broken marriage. Ira is infuriatingly practical, a man "who should have married Ann Landers". And what begins as a day trip to a funeral becomes an adventure in the unexpected.

As Maggie and Ira navigate the riotous twists and turns, they intersect with an assorted cast of eccentrics - and rediscover the magic of the road called life and the joy of having somebody next to you to share the ride - bumps and all.

©2005 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A wonderful novel, glowing with the insight and compassion of an artist’s touch.” ( The Boston Globe)
“More powerful and moving than anything she has done." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Superb fiction. It shows us how to live." ( Newsday)

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  • Rita
  • Anchorage, AK, USA
  • 05-01-13

Narration spoiled it for me

Anne Tyler's work is delicate and subtle. Suzanne Toren's narration was so un-subtle it totally destroyed the book. It made the situations and the characters seem absolutely inane. A much better narrator of Anne Tyler's work is Elisabeth Rodgers, whose performance of Earthly Possessions is nuanced, at times ironic. I have been a very active Audible listener for many years, and I can remember only one other book I was unable to finish because of the narrator.

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  • Laura
  • Marina del Rey, CA, United States
  • 07-24-15

One of my favorite authors

I liked the story and the performance Tyler describes what it means to be human. Often so beautifully written it hurts and is joyful.

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Good, but disappointing......

This is the third book I have listened to by this author. I feel like each book the family had a major problem they all deal with in the books. The problem is never resolved... each book the reader is left hanging. The characters are great, but I felt disappointed at the end of each book. I felt like did everything work out or not???

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  • Mark
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 01-29-18

Shocked

I expected this to be at the level of accidental tourist. I was shocked this was award winning. Wasted my time reading it.

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sometimes less is more

As a character portrait, it was okay. Should've been a short story, not a novel.