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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 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.
Title: The Beginner's Goodbye
Edition: First United States Edition
Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2012
ISBN Number: 0307957276
ISBN Number 13: 9780307957276
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: fine Jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 0001110
Description: 198pp. 8vo. Signed by the author on the title page. Book is tight, unread, unmarked, and has its original price intact. Spine tail is slightly bumped. This novel is about a man's loss of his wife and how he eventually finds some peace with the help of his dead wife who makes unexpected appearances. Jacket is Brodart protected.