Ghost Stories

“Anne Tyler gives   us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a   middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored   by her frequent appearances–in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Crippled   in his right arm and leg, Aaron has spent his childhood fending off a sister   who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken,   independent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly,   he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But   when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as   though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy’s unexpected appearances from   the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually he   discovers, as he works in the family’s vanity-publishing business, turning   out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that   maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye. A beautiful, subtle   exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler’s humor,   wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles”–

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