Breathing Lessons: A Novel by Anne Tyler

By Anne Tyler

Maggie and Ira Moran were married for twenty-eight years–and it exhibits: of their quarrels, of their workouts, of their skill to tolerate with affection every one other’s eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovely meddler and an irrepressible optimist, desires not anything greater than to mend her son’s damaged marriage. Ira is infuriatingly useful, a guy “who must have married Ann Landers.” And what starts off as an afternoon journey to a funeral turns into an event within the unforeseen. As Maggie and Ira navigate the riotous twists and turns, they intersect with an diversified solid of eccentrics–and rediscover the magic of the line known as existence and the enjoyment of getting an individual subsequent to you to proportion the trip . . . bumps and all.

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She asked, her voice rising to a kind of suppressed yelp on the final (superfluous) syllable, but even as she asked, the answer was settling into her eyes. Whatever the association was, it wasn’t pleasant. ” “Mr. Lloyd Wright,” I said. “The architect. ” No impression, nothing. I began to feel irritated. My English was perfectly intelligible—and I had sufficient command of it even to pronounce with little effort that knelling consonant that gave my countrymen so much trouble on the palate. “Mr.

But listen,” Wes was saying, his eyes jumping from mine to the Bearcat and back again, “I think we’re going to have to miss the tea circle today because we need groceries, I mean, we really need groceries, and I was just wondering if you wouldn’t mind . ” he trailed off. He gave the car a significant look. It took me a moment—I can be a slow study at times, particularly when I’m fatigued, and I was no more than ten minutes out of the car, my bags still in the rumble seat, impressions washing over me like a tsunami—before I understood.

Another bow. He was grinning now, his whole face transformed. “Well, I tell you, Tadashi, I have to say this is one of the features I like best about your people,” he said, straightening up and dancing a little circle round me on the paving stones—he could never remain static for long, his enthusiasm inexhaustible, his energy volcanic. “The following of the norms and strictures. I can be like that too,” he said, and he gave a wink to preface the sequel, “but I hope you won’t be shocked, Sato-San, if I’m improper more than I am proper.

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