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  • Published: 5 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448113125
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272
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The Beginner's Goodbye




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

When Dorothy came back from the dead, it seemed to Aaron that some people simply didn’t notice.

The accident that killed Dorothy – involving an oak tree, a sun porch and some elusive biscuits – leaves Aaron bereft and the house a wreck. As those around him fuss and flap and bring him casserole after casserole, Aaron ploughs on. But then Dorothy starts to materialise in the oddest places. At first, she only comes for a short while, leaving Aaron longing for more. Gradually she stays for longer, and as they talk, they also bicker and the cracks that were present in their perfectly ordinary marriage start to reappear...

‘One of my favourite authors’ Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies

‘My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world’ Nick Hornby

  • Pub date: 5 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448113125
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 272

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 The Beginner's Goodbye

“A terrific writer... She's changed my perception on life'”

Anna Chancellor

“Deeply rewarding novel about grief and hope, infused with gentle humour”

Sunday Times

“A near flawless novel of love and loss ... exquisitely poignant but unsentimental”

Rosemary Goring, Sunday Herald

“She's a master storyteller and inventor of character”

Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express

“This novel's great achievement is to capture the tensions and subtleties of a married life cut short… I read it virtually in one sitting, but that's a fairly common experience with Anne Tyler books… I didn't want it to end. Which is also a fairly common Tyler thing”

Viv Groskop, Independent on Sunday

“Richer and more alive than the best work almost any other writer is producing”

Cressida Connolly, Daily Telegraph

“This is what Tyler does better than almost any contemporary writer. She peers at the forgotten areas of the everyday, the bits that are hard to pinpoint... She looks at people -- at life -- from the inside out.”

Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

“Brilliantly observed and mercifully unsentimental ”

The Times

“Yet again she has articulated the supreme difficulties of human communication in a calmly insightful exploration of love and truth, grief and reality.”

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

“Her stories are quite unlike anyone else's”

Cressida Connolly, Daily Telegraph

“Tyler writes with a generosity of spirit and an emotional truthfulness that makes you forget the bare mechanics of plot”

David Robinson, Week

“A brilliantly observed and mercifully unsentimental examination of the emotional arc of grief”

The Times, Sarah Vine

“A perfectly judged and brilliantly executed novel of loss and recovery”

Fanny Blake, Woman & Home

“All Hail Anne Tyler”

Sunday Times

“A carefully observed study of grief and its trajectory”

Pamela Norris, Literary Review

“Tyler uses simple, elegant prose to manifest her particular brands of realism and humour”

Freya McClelland, Independent

“Such clear-eyed acceptance of life's fragility, and such a delicate way with it: this attitude lies behind all of Tyler's work”

Edmund Gordon, TLS

“Tyler strips away layers of everyday life to reveal the abyss of pain underneath but does so with such skill and sparkling wit it makes this a real celebration of life.”

Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express

“A simple, subtle and really honest account of how one man, Aaron, deals with the darkly comic death of his dumpy, clever and brilliant wife Dorothy... I finished it in one sitting.”

Alix Walker, Stylist

“A perfectly judged and brilliantly executed novel of loss and recovery.”

Woman & Home

“Tyler distilled.”

Lady

“A funny, gently moving and insightful book.”

Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner

“What could be mawkish and cloying is gentle and touching, not least because she is a very funny writer.”

Michael Prodger, Financial Times

“In Tyler’s small slices of life there is poetry and wisdom...artistically subtle and emotionally satisfying”

Elaine Showalter, Guardian

“The ending teeters on the brink of sentimentality but such is her psychological insight, the truth of her writing, that if she says unlikely happy endings are possible, I believe her.”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

“This meticulous, gently humorous novel is concerned with the effects of grief, the stop-start nature of moving on and the role of friendships, however imperfect, in facing catastrophe. [Tyler] remains as gimlet-eyed as ever in portraying ordinary lives that have become unmoored.”

Metro

“This novel's great achievement is to capture the tensions and subtleties of a married life cut short… I read [it] virtually in one sitting, but that's a fairly common experience with Anne Tyler books… I didn't want it to end. Which is also a fairly common Tyler thing.”

Viv Groskop, Independent on Sunday

“The Beginner’s Goodbye is a very funny book … every incident is at once recognizably true to life and yet somehow utterly off-kilter.”

Edmund Gordon, Times Literary Supplement

“Brims with wry perceptiveness and rueful humour”

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (Books of the Year)

“Tyler's playful humour imbues this unsentimental portrait of a mismatched marriage”

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

“A cleverly observed tale of an imperfect relationship and grief”

Big Issue in the North

“A bittersweet, utterly beguiling story of love and loss from a brilliant writer”

John Koski, Mail on Sunday

“Both compelling and deeply touching, once you start reading you won’t want The Beginner’s Goodbye to end”

Hannah Britt, Daily Express

“It begins with one of those sentences that impels you to read on…Tyler’s haunting tale of love and loss is intelligent, unsentimental and often wryly funny”

The Lady

“Deceptively easy prose”

Glasgow Sunday Herald

“A lovely, stylish way to write a novel about marriage”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“A beautifully poignant portrait of marriage, loss and grief”

Good Housekeeping

“Exhibit[s] all the delicious readability that admirers of Tyler expect”

Brandon Robshaw, Independent on Sunday

“Both compelling and deeply touching, once you start reading you won't want The Beginner's Goodbye to end”

Hannah Britt, Scottish Daily Express

“An emotionally satisfying book with wise and moving moments”

Good Housekeeping


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