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Amateur Marriage, The - Anne Tyler

Amateur Marriage, The

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Michael and Pauline seemed like the perfect couple- young, good- looking, made for each other. The moment she walked into his mother's grocery store in the Polish neighbourhood of Baltimore, he was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervour, they were hastily wed. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive and impractical, tumbles hit- or- miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, and judgemental, proceeds deliberately. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. A 17- year- old daughter disappears, and some years later this fractious pair is forced to rescue her little boy, named Pagan, from drug-infested San Francisco, to take him home and raise him. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more deeply into the complex entanglements of family life in this marvellous, multifaceted novel- one of Anne Tyler's finest.

"A brilliant writer...funny, tragic, wise" -- Lynne Truss * Independent *
"Anne Tyler is a formidably skilful story-teller, with every narrative trick at her effortless command" * Daily Telegraph *
"Tyler's compelling, moving and often amusing tale is the story of any marriage - every page brings a smile of recognition to the reader" * Daily Mail *
"The meanings of this beautifully written novel reach far wider than Baltimore. I shed a tear as I finished the Antons' story" * Evening Standard *
"Tyler is an exquisite chronicler of the everyday" * Observer *

Anne Tyler

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tyler grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated at age nineteen from Duke University, and completed graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University in New York City. She worked as a librarian and bibliographer before moving to Maryland. In 1963, Tyler married Iranian psychiatrist and novelist Taghi Mohammad Modarressi, with whom she had two daughters, Tezh and Mitra. Modarressi died in 1997. Tyler resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where most of her novels are set, often crossing decades in a family's life.

Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. The Accidental Tourist was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was made into a 1988 movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis. Tyler's ninth novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, which she considers her best work, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1983. She has edited three anthologies: The Best American Short Stories 1983, Best of the South, and Best of the South: The Best of the Second Decade.

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ISBN: 9780099469599
ISBN-10: 0099469596
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd September 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1