In Breathing Lessons, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1989, we meet the harum-scarum Maggie, married for 28 years to competent, infallible Ira. On a hot summer day they are driving to Deer Lick, Pennsylvania, 90 miles from their home in Baltimore, to the funeral of a friend. During the course of that journey, with its several unexpected detours, Anne Tyler shows us all there is to know about a marriage: the expectations and disappointments; the way children can create storms in a family; and the way that a wife and husband can fall in love all over again.
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Maggie Moran's mission is to connect and unite people, whether they want to be united or not. Maggie is a meddler and as she and her husband, Ira, drive 90 miles to the funeral of an old friend, Ira contemplates his wasted life and the traffic, while Maggie hatches a plant to reunite her son Jesse with his long-estranged wife and baby. As Ira explains, "She thinks the people she loves are better than they really are, and so then she starts changing things around to suit her view of them." Though everyone criticizes her for being "ordinary," Maggie's ability to see the beauty and potential in others ultimately proves that she is the only one fighting the resignation they all fear. The book captured the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1989.From the Inside Flap:
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Read by Jill Eikenberry
Breathing Lessons was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
Breathing Lessons is the wonderfully moving and surprising story of Ira and Maggie Moran. She's impetuous, harum-scarum, easy-going; he's competent, patient, seemingly infallible. They've been married for 28 years. Now, as they drive from their home in Baltimore to the funeral of Maggie's best friend's husband, Anne Tyler shows us all there is to know about a marriage - the expectations, the disappointments, the way children can create storms in a family, the way a wife and husband can fall in love all over again, the way nothing really changes.
Anne Tyler's funny, unpredictable and endearing characterizations make Breathing Lessons a truly entertaining audio experience.
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Book Description Penguin Canada, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140116419
Book Description Penguin Canada, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140116419