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The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
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the amateur marriage took me completely by surprise. i did not expect to love it as much as i did, nor did i expect to finish or even begin it as quickly as i did. but it was one of those situations where every free moment i had, my eyes wandered over to the book and i was just swallowing it whole the entire time. it's not very long, BUT it very well could have been. i love authors who have the capacity to write their novel without overburdening or stretching it out unnecessarily. bonus points for anne tyler on that front. the story itself- following a mismatched couple throughout their marriage and lives, is simple, honest, sad, but real. there doesn't appear to be anything romantic about the book, but there is a true sense of emotional strength as well as volatility threaded throughout, tempered by tyler's avoidance of exasperating drama . anne tyler's intuitive observations and notes on the anton marriage along with the anton family throughout its lifetime is not made out to be a tragedy. instead, as the reader, everything plays out almost as expected from your impartial and unbiased point of view.
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