Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons : A Novel

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Evoking Jane Austen, Emma Straub, and other masters of the literary marriage, Breathing Lessons celebrates the small miracles and magic of truly knowing someone.

Unfolding over the course of a single emotionally fraught day, this stunning novel encompasses a lifetime of dreams, regrets and reckonings--and is oftern regarded as Tyler's seminal work. Maggie and Ira Moran are on a road trip from Baltimore, Maryland to Deer Lick, Pennsylvania to attend the funeral of a friend. Along the way, they reflect on the state of their marriage, its trials and its triumphs--through their quarrels, their routines, and their ability to tolerate each other's faults with patience and affection. Where Maggie is quirky, lovable and mischievous, Ira is practical, methodical and mired in reason. What begins as a day trip becomes a revelatory and unexpected journey, as Ira and Maggie rediscover the strength of their bond and the joy of having somebody with whom to share the ride, bumps and all.

"More powerful and moving than anything [Tyler] has done." --Los Angeles Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 203 x 15mm | 232g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0345485572
  • 9780345485571
  • 172,503

Review quote

"Superb fiction: It shows us how to live."--Newsday

"A wonderful novel, glowing with the insight and compassion of an artist's touch." --The Boston Globe

"Displays her extraordinary gifts in supreme harmony: exquisite narrative clarity, faultless comic timing, and the Tyler trademark of happy-sad characters inspiring a mid-American domestic drama that somehow slips the surly bonds of the quotidian to become timeless and universal." --"The 100 Best Novels," The Guardian
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About Anne Tyler

ANNE TYLER was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of more than twenty novels. Her twentieth novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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