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The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
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Jun 30, 08

Read in June, 2008

This was an interesting novel chronicling the marriage (and dissolution of said marriage) of Michael and Pauline. I really enjoyed how each chapter represented a different period of their lives; no awkward transitions or unnecessary info to slow things down. The book follows them from when they first meet at the outset of World War II through 1990. The chapters bound forward, aging children and spouses and the times. But ultimately, there was something too flat about the characters. I found the ending a tad unsatisfying, but then again, Tyler chronicles the tedium of life so well, perhaps that was not completely unintentional.
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