The Beginner's Goodbye

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anne Tyler

Narrated By: Kirby Heyborne

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: April 2012

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Summary:

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.
 
A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler’s humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

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  • vlibrarian

    The characters in this book want to make you scream at some point because they are so obviously annoying. Yet, you can't help but 'turn the page' to find out how they cope and move on. It was a very quick listen, which was well produced. Definitely a lighter read on a heavy topic.