Dearly Beloved

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Chicago Review Press, 2003 - Fiction - 202 pages
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A June wedding sets the scene for Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s bestselling novel, Dearly Beloved. The ceremony is a great moment during which the “gathered together” survey not just this couple, this occasion, but their own lives, hopes, and fears. As the family and guests follow the familiar marriage service, they are stirred to new insights—on love, on marriage, and on all the stages of development involved. For the young and eager bridesmaid and best man, marriage still lies ahead; but for the mothers of the bride and groom, and for friends and relatives, the sight of the young couple and the words of the minister evoke more troubling thoughts and deeper questions. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wisely chose the framework of a wedding as a meditation on togetherness to contrast the questions she contemplated on solitude in her bestselling classic Gift from the Sea. The novel's structure also gave her scope for her reflections—some of them autobiographical—and intuitions about the most crucial of human relationships, reflections she calls “a theme and variations.” This classic book, first published in 1962 and long out of print, illuminates the truths behind marriage, not with easy optimism, but with perception, compassion, candor, and courage.

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User Review  - Michelecislo - Goodreads

Ms. Lindbergh is an unbelievable writer- a wedding from each guest's perspective. Read full review

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User Review  - Eleanor - Goodreads

An intimate treatment of the thoughts of various wedding guests (but not the bride and groom) and their reflections on life and marriage. Nicely drawn and it stays with you. Read full review

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born in 1906 to financier, diplomat, and U.S. Senator Dwight W. Morrow and poet and women's education advocate Elizabeth Cutter Morrow. In the winter of 1927, Anne met the famous aviator Charles A. Lindbergh. They were soon married and Charles taught Anne how to fly. She became the first licensed woman glider pilot in the United States. Recognized as an important contributor to the aeronautical and aerospace fields, Anne was also inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. However, Anne was best known as the author of 13 books including Gift from the Sea, reflections on her travels with her husband, and personal diaries. Anne retired to Connecticut after her husband's death in 1974, where she lived until her death in 2001.

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