Breathing Lessons: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZENEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years–and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other’ s eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wants nothing more than to fix her son’s broken marriage. Ira is infuriatingly practical, a man “who should have married Ann Landers.” And what begins as a day trip to a funeral becomes an adventure in the unexpected. As Maggie and Ira navigate the riotous twists and turns, they intersect with an assorted cast of eccentrics–and rediscover the magic of the road called life and the joy of having somebody next to you to share the ride . . . bumps and all.

Praise for Breathing Lessons

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

“Superb fiction: It shows us how to live.”Newsday

“Simple, wise, funny, touching, and real . . . Tyler is known for offbeat characters, and Maggie Moran is one of her most endearing.”The Christian Science Monitor

“An occasion for laughter and tears.”New York Post

“More powerful and moving than anything [Tyler] has done.”Los Angeles Times


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From the book jacket: Everyone knows a couple like the Morans. Maggie, with her scatterbrained ways and her just slightly irritating – but good-hearted – attempts to make everything right for everyone ... Read full review

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~ Maggie and Ira Moran had to go to a funeral in Deer Lick, Pennsylvania~ I have read three books by Anne Tyler and love her writing. I have 9 others on my bookshelves waiting for me to pick them up ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of over twenty novels; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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