Breathing Lessons: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2005 - Fiction - 339 pages
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE * NEW 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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User Review  - christinejoseph - LibraryThing

Maggie + Ira - car trip reveals their life - son Jesse; daughter in law Fiona - seemed long? dull? Best Seller? "Breathing Lessons" is the wonderfully moving and surprising story of Ira and Maggie ... Read full review

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User Review  - moonshineandrosefire - LibraryThing

Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years and it shows. Maggie is an easy-going free spirit: impetuous, reckless and unpredictable. Her husband Ira is Maggie's polar opposite ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
47
Section 3
76
Section 4
125
Section 5
176
Section 6
215
Section 7
244
Section 8
248
Section 9
279
Section 10
313
Section 11
325
Section 12
329
Section 13
337
Section 14
340
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About the author (2005)

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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