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The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
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Jun 23, 2012

it was ok
Read in June, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Anne Tyler has been one of my favorite authors, but for some reason, her last few books just haven't drawn me in too much. This one in particular seems a little weak to me. I suspect I should feel some sort of sympathy for Aaron, the main character, who has lost his wife Dorothy in an unlikely accident, and in the process of grieving is learning more about himself, more about love, and more about being in relationships with others. But instead, I feel sorry for Dorothy, who had to be married to a man who is a bit of a jerk and, it seems, never really appreciated all she did and could offer to him in love. The fact that he remarries and has a child at the end seems a little annoying to me. He strikes me as a bit selfish; a man who first seemed to push people away in efforts to prove his independence (despite a disability), now decided to marry someone who seems like the ultimate old-fashioned wife who will take care of his every need. A good quick read, but not what I would consider her best characters.
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Annette I'm with you in your sympathy for Dorothy. Clearly she had discussed a dress and flowers for their wedding, and then Aaron says, "We're neither one of us the type for that, thank heaven." Really quite poignant....

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