The Beginner's Goodbye

The Beginner's Goodbye

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2012
ISBN: 9780307969170
0307969177
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 sound file (6 hr., 22 min., 43 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Heyborne, Kirby

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smc01 Aug 29, 2012

I've read almost every one of Anne Tyler's novels, so I'm a big fan. I didn't ejoy this one as much as usual. I found Aaron to be annoying and rude to his friends and wife, though some of that may have been due to the narrator's voice. The story is a good one but the characters just aren't as well drawn as most of her previous ones.

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