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Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
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Apr 10, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: general-fiction, funny-read


I really liked this book which was recommended to me by a patron at the library I work at. It was very humorous, portraying a realistic view of a marriage that has lasted many years.

Maggie and Ira are heading to a friend's funeral but before they leave Maggie hears her ex daughter in law on a radio talk show saying that she's getting re-married, this time for security rather than love. Maggie reads into what she's saying and assumes that her ex daughter in law still loves her son so she sets about convincing her husband to take a slight detour after the funeral to see the ex. The thing is the ex DIL has not seen her ex in-laws for years, even though she has a daughter who is their granddaughter. It's a serious storyline however it's written with humor.
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