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The Beginner's Goodbye

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There are two main reasons I love Anne Tyler: one is rather facile, which is that I get a childlike delight when she mentions Sinai Hospital or Cold Spring Lane and I say aloud “yay Baltimore!” The other is because Tyler floats above the “women’s literature/literary fiction” brouhahas, allowing for beautiful portrayals of marriage, siblings, and grief.

The Long Goodbye

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Horror. That’s the dominant feeling I had reading Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye: A memoir .

Grief

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In an age of big novels with big themes - here's looking at you, Freedom - it's refreshing to spend some time with an understated but moving work.

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