THE BEGINNER’S GOODBYE

ANNE TYLER

“The strangest thing about my wife’s return from the dead was how other people reacted.” is a wonderful first sentence. But the book is not so much about the supernatural but about the relationship between Aaron, a publisher whose firm specializes in the series The Beginner’s Guides, and Dorothy, a radiologist. When Dorothy dies unexpectedly, Aaron is less haunted by his dead wife than by his own memories of their courtship and their lives together. Through his musings of their life together Aaron discovers how to be a better man and a better husband.

Tyler is such a wonderful author that this subject that would be maudlin in the hands of a less skilled author is infused with warmth and heart. A great read.

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