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  • Published: 3 November 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099201410
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $26.99
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Breathing Lessons


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One of five Anne Tyler novels reissued in stunning new jackets.

Breathing Lessons covers the events of a day in the life of Maggie Moran, nearing fifty, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested one hot summer day. Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Deer Lick to attend the funeral of the husband of Serena, Maggie's childhood friend. During the course of the journey, with its several unexpected detours - into the lives of old friends and grown children - 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 the wife and husband can fall in love all over again; the way that everything - and nothing - changes.

  • Pub date: 3 November 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099201410
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread and Vinegar Girl.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for Breathing Lessons

“A novel by Anne Tyler is a subject for rejoicing...Breathing Lessons is a pleasure to read”

The Times

“Breathing Lessons is a work of art”

Guardian

“An arresting slice of Baltimore life”

Independent


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