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The Pultizer Prize-winning author of Saint Maybe and Breathing Lessons offers the beloved story of a man whose contented life in his rundown house in Baltimore is shaken to its core, after his sister moves in with him and his boarder starts bringing home babies.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. And it is then that Jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jaremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn - especially when he's falling in love....

©1974 Anne Tyler Modarressi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Polly
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 12-28-12

Love Anne Tyler But

I have read so many of Tyler's books, and this is another excellent example of character development.

However, be warned that it is perhaps the most depressing book I ever read.

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Depressing

This was a very depressing book, but maybe that was the point. I felt overwhelmed by the heaviness of Jeremy. I really adore Anne Tyler but this I did not enjoy. Why would Mary have stayed so long with that noncommunicating man! And to have six children with him and then to go off and live in squalor. The only saving grace is those children will probably end up with a nice inheritance

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 07-03-13

A Good Listen.

Celestial Navigation is not one of my favorite Anne Tyler books but definitely worth a listen. As in all of her books there are quirky characters .Jeremy is an agoraphobic.
The author does a good job making you feel what it would be like to live in his world.
The narrator is very good with just the right hesitation and stuttering necessary to
make the character believable and sympathetic. I wish the ending was a little less abrupt.