Beginner's Goodbye

By Anne Tyler
(Chatto & Windus, Hardcover, 9780701187194)

Publication Date: April 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2012 Indie Next List
“Tyler writes about love, loss, and grieving in this beautiful new novel. After a childhood illness left him with a crippled right arm and leg, Aaron always fought to be self-reliant. He finds the love of his life in an equally self-sufficient woman, Dorothy. After 10 years of marriage, Dorothy is killed in a freak accident and as Aaron grieves and tries to put his life back together, he begins to learn the true cost of his independent ways.”
-- Nancy Drott, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX



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  1. Aaron is handicapped on his right side as a result of a childhood illness. Why do you think the author chose to give her main character such a handicap? Is it significant—a symbol or metaphor—or entirely coincidental?

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