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The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
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Jul 05, 2012

it was amazing
Read in July, 2012

Tyler is my absolute favorite author, and all of the things I love about her novels is here: straightforward prose with pitch perfect figurative language when she uses it, a quirky protagonist, an ensemble cast of other quirky characters themselves so deftly developed that each stands out as his or her own person although some play minimal roles, (my favorite of which was Gil), and a conflict that uses two parts realism and one part 'what if.' In such a thin volume, Tyler examines the human heart in all of its hopes and failures. My only hang up was I couldn't quite believe Aaron was as young as he was and a child of the 1980's. Some 'facts' didn't check out, like his knowledge of crinoline (I barely know what it is, and I'm a woman) and his basic curmudgeon-ness struck me as being at least 25 years older than he was. Aside from this authorial misstep, however, I gloried in every word of this lovely book & was sad to finish it because I could read a novel by Tyler every week if she could keep pace with my admiration for her talents.
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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Grant Crinoline! Takes me back to the 60s! Love Anne Tyler will download this now!

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