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  • Published: 3 November 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099201410
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336

Breathing Lessons

From the Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday Times bestseller Anne Tyler. Breathing Lessons is now re-jacketed along with the rest of Tyler’s books in striking new backlist style

Meet Maggie Moran.

Nearing fifty and married with two children, she and her husband drive from Baltimore to Deer Lick to attend the funeral of a friend one hot summer day.

During the course of the journey, with its several unexpected detours into the lives of old friends and grown children, Maggie’s eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people’s lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested…


‘One of my favourite authors ’ Liane Moriarty

‘She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan

‘Anne Tyler has no peer’ Anita Shreve

‘A masterly author’ Sebastian Faulks

  • Published: 3 November 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099201410
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336

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, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance.

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 work of art


Her finest novel

Irish Times

A novel by Anne Tyler is a subject for rejoicing...Breathing Lessons is a pleasure

The Times

Anne Tyler has a real gift for generating tender and amazing moments


Displays her extraordinary gifts in supreme harmony: exquisite narrative clarity, faultless comic timing, and the Tyler trademark of happy-sad characters inspiring a mid-American domestic drama that somehow slips the surly bonds of the quotidian to become timeless and universal

Guardian, Best 100 Novels of all time

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