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The Amateur Marriage: A Novel

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Publisher Comments:

An ode to the complexities of familial love, the centripetal and centrifugal forces that keep families together and send their members flying apart, the supremely ordinary pleasures and frustrations of middle-class American life.

--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Tyler ranges over 60 years of American experience… from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the anniversary of that day in 2001…as she tracks one couple's domestic disturbances… Her] writing is beautifully accurate, more often than not with a glinting vein of humor.

-William H. Pritchard, New York Times Book Review, front cover

She evokes the entire sweep of a marriage] with uncommon delicacy & dignity… gives us the feeling of being inside Michael and Pauline Anton's marriage.

-John Freeman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

She traces the stormy union of two people who love but can't stand each other.

-Kirkus Reviews

This ‘wickedly good' author has come to represent the best of today’s American literature… She is an exquisite chronicler of the everyday

…Her characters are at once infuriating and endearing, conservative yet quietly eccentric.

-Lisa Allardice, The Observer, London

Her command of what will move a story forward & engross a reader is faultless.

-Martha Southgate, Baltimore Sun

She expertly explores the perils of marriage… Wise & observant…She has the uncanny ability to expose the most confusing contradictions of love. -Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

In the fervor of WWII, Michael and Pauline rush head-long into marriage, then live in a constant state of turmoil …We watch safely from a distance like a busybody neighbor hiding behind the curtains, judgmental yet fascinated.

-Kim Askew, Elle magazine

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"She expertly explores the perils of marriage... Wise and observant... She has the uncanny ability to expose the most confusing contradictions of love." Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Review:

"Tyler is much more concerned with the fine art of human survival in changing circumstances. The range and power of this novel should not only please Tyler's immense readership but also awaken us to the collective excellency of her career." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Painfully accurate and painfully funny as ever....So smart, so sensitive, so readable and engaging. Is it churlish to suggest that an author obviously at the peak of her powers should broaden her horizons and push herself a little harder the next time out?" Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In the fervor of WWII, Michael and Pauline rush head-long into marriage, then live in a constant state of turmoil... We watch safely from a distance like a busybody neighbor hiding behind the curtains, judgmental yet fascinated." Kim Askew, Elle magazine

Review:

"[The Antons'] sad story, as dark and ironic as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, is leavened by Tyler's trademark comic details, narrated with characteristic dry and witty understatement. This rewarding work is recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"The Amateur Marriage is...Tyler's most ambitious work, ranging over 60 years of American experience....[S]uch writing is beautifully accurate, more often than not with a glinting vein of humor." William H. Pritchard, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"She evokes the entire sweep of [a marriage] with uncommon delicacy and dignity... gives us the feeling of being inside Michael and Pauline Anton's marriage." John Freeman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Synopsis:

Marrying quickly during World War II after falling in love at first sight, a mismatched couple discovers that their very different personalities and approaches to life are taking a toll on their lives, their relationship, and their family, in a compelling novel spanning three generations. 300,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations.

They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother’s grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married.

Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable.

From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. This is Anne Tyler’s sixteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400042982
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Knopf
Author:
Tyler, Anne
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Mate selection
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Marital conflict
Subject:
Baltimore
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Grandparent and child
Subject:
Runaway teenagers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2004
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
306

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The Amateur Marriage: A Novel
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Product details 306 pages Knopf - English 9781400042982 Reviews:
"Review" by , "She expertly explores the perils of marriage... Wise and observant... She has the uncanny ability to expose the most confusing contradictions of love."
"Review" by , "Tyler is much more concerned with the fine art of human survival in changing circumstances. The range and power of this novel should not only please Tyler's immense readership but also awaken us to the collective excellency of her career."
"Review" by , "Painfully accurate and painfully funny as ever....So smart, so sensitive, so readable and engaging. Is it churlish to suggest that an author obviously at the peak of her powers should broaden her horizons and push herself a little harder the next time out?"
"Review" by , "In the fervor of WWII, Michael and Pauline rush head-long into marriage, then live in a constant state of turmoil... We watch safely from a distance like a busybody neighbor hiding behind the curtains, judgmental yet fascinated."
"Review" by , "[The Antons'] sad story, as dark and ironic as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, is leavened by Tyler's trademark comic details, narrated with characteristic dry and witty understatement. This rewarding work is recommended."
"Review" by , "The Amateur Marriage is...Tyler's most ambitious work, ranging over 60 years of American experience....[S]uch writing is beautifully accurate, more often than not with a glinting vein of humor."
"Review" by , "She evokes the entire sweep of [a marriage] with uncommon delicacy and dignity... gives us the feeling of being inside Michael and Pauline Anton's marriage."
"Synopsis" by , Marrying quickly during World War II after falling in love at first sight, a mismatched couple discovers that their very different personalities and approaches to life are taking a toll on their lives, their relationship, and their family, in a compelling novel spanning three generations. 300,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations.

They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother’s grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married.

Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable.

From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.

From the Hardcover edition.

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