The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Penguin Putnam
Michael and Pauline seemed like the perfect couple-young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment she walked into his mother's grocery store in the Polish neighbourhood of Baltimore, he was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they were hastily wed. But they never should have married.

Pauline, impulsive and impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, and judgmental, proceeds deliberately. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. A 17-year-old daughter disappears, and some years later this fractious pair is forced to rescue her little boy, named Pagan, from drug-infested San Francisco, to take him home and raise him.

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 deeply into the complex entanglements of family life in this marvelous, multifaceted novel-one of Anne Tyler's finest.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2004
ISBN: 9780701177348
Characteristics: 306 p. ; 25 cm. : ill


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

A gifted writer's view of a rushed wartime marriage, the struggles of one couple, the challenges of parenting, and the perplexities of coping with the head-spinning social and cultural changes of the past 60 years. Tyler's delicate, nonjudgmental presentation of the Anton family is typical of her style. No one is innocent of wrongdoing or insensitivity, but no one is evil or intent on harm.

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