The Beginner's GoodbyeeBook - 2012
Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron has spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. 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 life together.
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 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 trails of life) that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler's humour, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.
From Library Staff
vpl_booksjustforyou Jan 02, 2017
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ann Tyler explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances... This novel will appeal to readers who enjoyed John Banville's "The Sea", although it is not as profound.
vpl_booksjustforyou May 09, 2015
Explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances...