This month I had the pleasure of reading Anne Tyler’s latest book. It’s due for April release through Random House for $29.95.
In the past I have found Tyler’s novels a bit hit and miss. Some I love; some are just so/so. But I always start one of her books with anticipation and hope.
The Beginner’s Goodbye sounds like a ghost story when you read the back cover. Aaron, a middle-aged publisher, is being haunted by the ghost of his recently departed wife. But there’s a twist – other people can see her too.
So I was a little perplexed as I began reading to discover that this was not a ghost story at all.
Aaron is haunted by his wife and memories of their marriage and how she died. But this is a tale of how Aaron comes to terms with his grief, makes peace with his memories and finds a way to move forward with new understanding and compassion.
For lovers of Anne Tyler this is a must-read. She writes with elegance and simplicity. The Beginner’s Goodbye is a hauntingly beautiful tale of love, loss and grief.