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The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

In The Beginner's Goodbye, Aaron Woolcott is an unassuming middle-aged man who is crippled on his right side since childhood. He works for a family business editing beginner's guide to different facets of life. He's had what he thinks is a happy marriage to Dorothy, even though they have different personalities that never seemed to mesh. A tree falls on their house, killing Dorothy and casting Aaron adrift. He moves back in with his sister, who has tended to him most of his life. Dorothy's ghost begins to visit Aaron, prompting him to re-examine his life and his marriage. Anne Tyler's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying, "The Beginner's Goodbye is Ms. Tyler's 19th book and, despite relying on similar settings and familiar elements, she doesn't repeat herself. She salts the story with gentle humor and quirky characters and crisply conveys complicated emotions."
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