Anne Tyler: The Amateur Marriage

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In The Amateur Marriage (2004), prolific and talented American author Anne Tyler returns to familiar geographic and thematic ground. As in many of her previous works, we are introduced here to a dysfunctional yet quirkily sympathetic family residing in the Baltimore, Maryland, USA area. This novel also features the Tyler trademark “midlife fork in the road” with its attendant promise of a second chance at love and happiness. In addition, the Tyleresque dénouement of resolution with reconciliation is present in this work, but with a surreal twist open to multiple interpretations.

The Amateur Marriage chronicles the relationship of Michael and Pauline Barclay Anton. First meeting in December, 1941, as a …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "The Amateur Marriage". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 January 2007
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