The Beginner's Goodbye

The Beginner's Goodbye

A Novel
Written by Anne Tyler
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
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The Beginner's Goodbye

A Novel
Written by Anne Tyler | Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
Treat yourself to this Earphones Award winner with narration that “resonates with the listener long after the last words are spoken” (AudioFile). After suddenly losing his wife, Aaron navigates through grief with help from appearances of her ghost. Written by a Pulitzer Prize–winning author.

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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.

Categories: General Fiction
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Run time: 6 hours and 23 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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