The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler review

By Marion McLeod In Books

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26th May, 2012
It’s been a while since the flurry of movies – Ghost, Truly, Madly, Deeply – that had dearly departeds return to comfort their lovers. The Beginner’s Goodbye is not the first print version but it’s certainly a first for Anne Tyler, who has always stuck firmly to detailed realism in suburban Baltimore. Tyler’s is a very down-to-earth ghost, mind you, with nothing of the Alan Rickman mischief or Patrick Swayze soft focus. Dorothy dies when an oak tree falls on the sunporch of the house she shares with husband Aaron Woolcott. He’s the narrator, his opening sentence: ...

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