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The Beginner's Goodbye

A Novel
Tyler, Anne (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances, in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron has spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, independent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly, he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
Authors: Tyler, Anne
Title: The beginner's goodbye
a novel
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Summary: A middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances, in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron has spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, independent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly, he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
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ISBN: 0307957276
9780307957276
Branch Call Number: F Tyl
Statement of Responsibility: by Anne Tyler
Subject Headings: Accidents Fiction Spirits Fiction Families Fiction Loss (Psychology) Fiction Grief Fiction Life change events Fiction Healing Fiction Family-owned business enterprises Fiction Widowers Fiction Bereavement Fiction Wives Death Fiction Middle-aged men Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Ghost stories
Topical Term: Accidents
Spirits
Families
Loss (Psychology)
Grief
Life change events
Healing
Family-owned business enterprises
Widowers
Bereavement
Wives
Middle-aged men
LCCN: 2011033507
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A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "A nice easy read about loss and love. People find love later in life and find the happiness they're seeking."

Jul 09, 2014
  • grannyat55 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The male voice too many times did not sound authentic. I found myself thinking; a woman might say that, but not sure a man would have used that expression.

May 27, 2013
  • five4kc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A quirky tale of love and loss. Interesting characters that are flawed, yet endearing. A nice, easy read with a good message.

"Partially disabled by an illness in childhood, 36-year-old Aaron is fiercely independent, but when his pragmatic, slightly older wife Dorothy is killed by a tree that falls on their house, he is devastated. The house destroyed, he moves in with his overbearing sister and hides out in his office at the family's publishing company (known for publishing a series of instructional books, advice from which is scattered throughout the novel). It's not until Dorothy's ghost begins appearing that Aaron starts moving through the process of grieving - and starts truly understanding their marriage. Check out The Beginner's Goodbye for a sensitive portrayal of love and grief." May 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635711

May 15, 2013
  • ktripson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Only Anne Tyler can make peripheral misfits compelling.

Jan 28, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

After a tree falls on a house & kills his wife, a man is visited by his deceased spouse.

Dec 01, 2012
  • meosgal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a very sweet story. Highly recommend.

Nov 07, 2012
  • Philla15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Anne Tyler never disappoints although this is not her best novel. The story follows the trail of grief to its natural resolution. Her characters are quirky as usual and yet we find something of ourselves that we can forgive by sharing this tale.

Aug 24, 2012
  • curlooley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a person who has experienced the death of a spouse, I found this novel to be eerily perceptive. Probably the best book I've read in the last 10 years.

Aug 23, 2012
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you liked Major Pettigrew -this is another story about genuine people

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