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

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, x2012, top_shelf

Michiko Kakutani in her New York Times review called The Beginner's Goodbye "trite and predictable" while telling us how ordinary and cliched the story of Aaron and Dorothy is. Well, for me, ordinary is what made this a good read. Often a book takes us to places we wish we could go--more exciting, more dramatic, more...well, just more. The Beginner's Goodbye dwells in the ordinariness of lives I could easily imagine. Aaron deals with loss as best he can; and I fully understand how Dorothy's infrequent visits shed light on the person she was, the marriage ("far from perfect but still rooted in love") they shared, and the person Aaron was meant to be. There were writing gems throughout The Beginner's Goodbye, and the book easily begs a reread to capture any sparkling bits that might have been missed.

What I learned from The Beginner's Goodbye: Pay attention!

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Reading Progress

April 5, 2012 – Started Reading
April 5, 2012 – Shelved
April 6, 2012 –
page 61
April 10, 2012 – Finished Reading

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