Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

The Beginner's Goodbye

Anne Tyler



Not in-store but you can order this
How long will it take?


01 February 2013
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 spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent 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.
Imprint:   Arrow
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   191g
ISBN:   9780099572237
ISBN 10:   0099572230
Pages:   176
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Minneapolis in 1941, Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and Noah's Compass. She has recently received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books.

Reviews for The Beginner's Goodbye

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 * She's a master storyteller and inventor of character -- Vanessa Berridge * Daily Express * A near flawless novel of love and loss ... exquisitely poignant but unsentimental -- Rosemary Goring * Sunday Herald * Deeply rewarding novel about grief and hope, infused with gentle humour * Sunday Times * A terrific writer... She's changed my perception on life' * Anna Chancellor *

See Also