Anne Tyler: Beginner’s Goodbye

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With her nineteenth novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye (2012), American writer Anne Tyler continues in the thematic vein of her more recent works, notably Back When We Were Grownups (2001), The Amateur Marriage (2004), and Noah’s Compass (2009), as she once again focuses on the cares and concerns of characters in midlife or older. At the same time, with this book Tyler breaks with her usual tradition of presenting an extensive cast of characters through third person narration. The comparatively sparsely populated The Beginner’s Goodbye is narrated in the first person by 35-year-old Aaron Woolcott, co-owner with his sister of a vanity publishing business, whose wife Dorothy, a physician …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "Beginner’s Goodbye". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 August 2012; last revised .
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