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Amateur Marriage
     

Amateur Marriage

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by Anne Tyler
 

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ISBN-10: 0345472454

ISBN-13: 2900345472457

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
2900345472457
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352

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Amateur Marriage 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
just-a-thot More than 1 year ago
It is so hard to end a book like Amatuer Marriage. Following these young people thru life, and getting to know the family, with all there faults just like us, it was difficult to get to the end. Very emotional, and hard to say goodbye. Highly recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All we want to know from a customer review is: do you like it or not? So do I like it? Yes! Emphatically!
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I love the character development that Anne Tyler has in her books and this was no exception - people that you can identify in your own life..maybe even you.
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MarionMarchetto_author More than 1 year ago
In this novel by Anne Tyler two attractive young people rush into marriage at the beginning of World War II. Over the years they experience the same things as their friends but can't seem to mend differences unlike other couples. When they finally move to an upscale neighborhood only Pauline (the wife) is happy; Michael misses his friends and the area where he grew up. Too soon they find themselves responsible for a grandchild but instead of this drawing them closer it broadens the gap between them. A return trip to the old neighborhood some thirty years later finally convinces Michael that you can't go home to the same things you once knew. In this book author Anne Tyler rounds out her characters with such depth that this reader felt on an intimate basis with them. While the story touches on everyday aspects that everyone will recognize, the characters are sure to evoke a sense of rightness with the way they are brought to life. A pleasure to read. Recommended: all of Anne Tyler's other works.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not sure what Tyler was trying to accomplish with this book. It was a common portrayal of a common family. The prose wasn't even interesting. Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found so much in this book that I could identify with - my parents, my early life, parts of my own history (which dates back to 1948). The characters and situations were real and easy to follow. Couldn't put the book down! Outstanding and recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt that this book was pretty boring and lost interest after the 1st half. I guess I expected more action, more romance, more something....it is fast read and made me contemplate my own marriage which was a bonus.