The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

A Novel

eBook - 2004
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They seemed like the perfect couple--young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2004
ISBN: 9781400042982
9780143196310
Characteristics: 1 online resource (306 p.)

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Tyler is a piercing observer of human quirks and differences, and here she tells the story of a long and difficult marriage, with sympathy and humour. Try this book if you enjoyed Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret.

If you enjoyed Tahar Ben Jelloun's The Happy Marriage, you may enjoy Anne Tyler's story of a mis-matched couple and their marriage.

Tyler is a piercing observer of human quirks and differences, and here she tells the story of a long and difficult marriage, with sympathy and humour.

Tyler's story of a mostly troubled marriage spans decades of American life, and is full of her usual humour and insight into human relationships.


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

A gifted writer's view of a rushed wartime marriage, the struggles of one couple, the challenges of parenting, and the perplexities of coping with the head-spinning social and cultural changes of the past 60 years. Tyler's delicate, nonjudgmental presentation of the Anton family is typical of her style. No one is innocent of wrongdoing or insensitivity, but no one is evil or intent on harm.

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lindaamelia
Mar 16, 2012

I haven't read this yet but would like to

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