The Beginner's Goodbye
The new international bestseller from Anne Tyler: A story about two ordinary people so intertwined they cannot be separated - even by death ...
When Dorothy came back from the dead, it seemed to Aaron that some people simply didn't notice. The accident that killed Dorothy - involving an oak tree, a sun porch and some elusive biscuits - leaves Aaron bereft and the house a wreck. As those around him fuss and flap and bring him casserole after casserole, Aaron ploughs on. But then Dorothy starts to materialize in the oddest places. At first, she only comes for a short while, leaving Aaron longing for more. Gradually she stays for longer, and as they talk, they also bicker and the cracks that were present in their perfectly ordinary marriage start to reappear...
"A terrific writer... She's changed my perception on life" Anna Chancellor
"Deeply rewarding novel about grief and hope, infused with gentle humour" Sunday Times
"A near flawless novel of love and loss ... exquisitely poignant but unsentimental" - Rosemary Goring Sunday Herald
"She's a master storyteller and inventor of character" - Vanessa Berridge Daily Express
"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
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.