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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0307957276
ISBN-13: 9780307957276
Sku: 223432761
Publish Date: 4/3/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 1T
Pages:  208
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A wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel about how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances. A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Tyler''s humor.
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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 has spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, independent 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.
Middle-aged Aaron is enjoying a calm and happy marriage until a freak accident kills his wife, Dorothy, and leaves him a widower. His personal life in ruins, he finds little solace in working at his family's small publishing house, and his decision to move in with his overbearing sister is proving a poor one. When Dorothy begins to visit him from beyond the grave, he takes comfort in her presence and begins to piece his life back together. Far from a conventional ghost story, Tyler's novel explores loss, grief, and recovery in the warm and wisdom-filled way her readers have come to expect.
Author Bio
Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler was born in Minnesota, but grew up in a Quaker family in North Carolina; her father was a chemist, her mother a social worker. Tyler graduated from Duke University at 19, where she won the Anne Flexner Award for creative writing. She did postgraduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University and worked in university libraries before moving to Baltimore, the city she has made her own as a setting for much of her fiction. Her first three novels, beginning with IF MORNING EVER COMES (1964), were successful enough that she could begin writing full time. Her 1986 novel, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, won in National Book Critics Circle Award and was made into a film. In 1989, Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize for BREATHING LESSONS.


"Tyler . . . portrays complex, difficult, loving individuals struggling to co-exist and find happiness together. This is no gothic ghost story nor chronicle of a man unraveling in his grief, but rather an uplifting tale of love and forgiveness. By the end of this wonderful book, you've lived the lives and loves of these characters in the best possible way." 01/30/2012

"Tyler is one of the least physical, crying-out-for-attention novelists America has ever produced, and her novels, always remarkable, envelop you without ever squeezing hard--they leave an impression but not a bruise." - Jimmy So 04/01/2012

"Once again, Tyler exhibits her genius for the inclusive, savory portrayal of marriage, of the countless perverse ways in which two individuals sustain a shared existence." - Julia Glass 05/06/2012

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0208
Product attributePublisher:   Knopf Publishing Group
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