The triumphant Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller from the author of Ladder of Years and The Accidental Tourist..".More powerful and moving than anything she has done". -- Los Angeles Times"Tyler's best novel yet... With irresistibly funny passages you want to read out loud and poignant insights that illuminate the serious business of sharing lives in an unsettling world". -- Publishers Weekly"Anne Tyler's gentlest and most charming novel...an honest and lovely book". -- Chicago Tribune"A wonderful novel, glowing with the insight and compassion of an artist's touch". -- Boston Globe"She is at the top of her powers". -- New York Times Book Review"Superb fiction: it shows us how to live". -- Newsday"An occasion for laughter and tears!" -- New York Post"A remarkable book... Tyler centers on that most fascinating of human institutions, marriage, and holds it to the light". -- Baltimore Sun
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"Breathing Lessons" is the wonderfully moving and surprising story of Ira and Maggie Moran. She's impetuous, harum-scarum, easygoing; he's competent, patient, seemingly infallible. They've been married for 28 years. Now, as they drive from their home in Baltimore to the funeral of Maggie's best friend's husband, Anne Tyler shows us all there is to know about a marriage - the expectations, the disappointments, the way children can create storms in a family, the way a wife and husband can fall in love all over again, the way nothing really changes. Anne Tyler's funny, unpredictable and endearing characterizations make "Breathing Lessons" truly entertaining.Review:
Maggie Moran's mission is to connect and unite people, whether they want to be united or not. Maggie is a meddler and as she and her husband, Ira, drive 90 miles to the funeral of an old friend, Ira contemplates his wasted life and the traffic, while Maggie hatches a plant to reunite her son Jesse with his long-estranged wife and baby. As Ira explains, "She thinks the people she loves are better than they really are, and so then she starts changing things around to suit her view of them." Though everyone criticizes her for being "ordinary," Maggie's ability to see the beauty and potential in others ultimately proves that she is the only one fighting the resignation they all fear. The book captured the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1989.
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