Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - The Beginner's Goodbye; Anne Tyler

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Want to participate? Post your own WOW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. My pick is by an author I've enjoyed in the past:

The Beginner's Goodbye; Anne Tyler
Knopf - April 3

(Description) - Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances--in their house, on the roadway, in the market. — Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron has spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So 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 marriage.

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 to 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 trials 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 humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

18 comments:

  1. I'd be glad to wait for this book too. Sounds like a wonderful read.

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  2. This one sounds really good! Thanks for posting about it.

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  3. I want that book too - I love Tyler's work.

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  4. Sure sounds pretty interesting!

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  5. I adore her, and I'm so excited that she has a new one coming out!

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  6. I love Anne Tyler's books! I am really looking forward to this one...thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY WOW POST

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  7. This does sound quite good. Hope you enjoy it when it releases.

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  8. I haven't read Anne Tyler in so long. This might be a good way to revisit with her.

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  9. This sounds like a tender and bittersweet read, and one that I would enjoy. Thanks for opening my eyes to it. Very nice spotlight today!

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  10. I usually like Anne Tyler but, like Jenners, it's been a while since I read her -- I have to take a closer look at this one.

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  11. Oh -- sounds good -- and I've never read any Anne Tyler before!

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  12. I've only read one book by Anne Tyler. I've been curious about some of her others.

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  13. The description made me want to know more about the characters and the story, so it was successful in that way. :) I'll have to keep an eye out for reviews.

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  14. I hadn't heard of this one yet but I love this author's work and this novel sounds awesome. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

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  15. This sounds lovely. I'm putting it on my To Read list.

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  16. I didn't know Anne Tyler had a new book coming out! I've listened to 3 or 4 of her books (used to read them). She has gradually become an 'audio author' for me.

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  17. I actually read this one last month and was somewhat disappointed by it. There are flashes of brilliance, but overall I didn't care for it. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts!

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  18. I was looking for reviews of this book and found your post. Thanks for the thoughtfully written information; I'm looking forward to it more than ever now. I feel like re-reading the entire Anne Tyler library in order!

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