The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

by on May 8th, 2012
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Aaron and Dorothy have a seemingly happy but unremarkable marriage. Aaron works as an editor at his family’s publishing company, Wolcott Publishing, and Dorothy is a physician. Wolcott Publishing’s revenues are based on their “Beginners” series of books, and Aaron met Dorothy when he was researching a “Beginners Book” related to medicine. When tragedy strikes, Aaron must begin again and learn to live his life without Dorothy. Fortunately Dorothy returns to help him through this journey.

Pulitzer Prize winning author,  Anne Tyler, is well-known for novels with subtle plots that explore complex issues. These issues often include personal discovery, relationships, life changes, and characters who are seeking meaning in their lives. The Beginner’s Goodbye is definitely subtle and I had to learn to be patient and let Anne Tyler tell me the story when she was ready. Sometimes I get impatient with books like that, but in this case it was delightful to slow down and pay attention to the words and story as it unfolded.

I listened to The Beginner’s Goodbye and Kirby Heyborne‘s narration was very good. His voice brought a depth to the story and added to Anne Tyler’s narrative, making the overall experience of reading this book very enjoyable.

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