Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

A Novel

Book - 2005
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"More powerful and moving than anything [Tyler] has done." -- Los Angeles Times

Unfolding over the course of a single emotionally fraught day, this stunning novel encompasses a lifetime of dreams, regrets and reckonings. Maggie and Ira Moran are on a road trip from Baltimore, Maryland to Deer Lick, Pennsylvania to attend the funeral of a friend. Along the way, they reflect on the state of their marriage, its trials and its triumphs--through their quarrels, their routines, and their ability to tolerate each other's faults with patience and affection. Where Maggie is quirky, lovable and mischievous, Ira is practical, methodical and mired in reason. What begins as a day trip becomes a revelatory and unexpected journey, as Ira and Maggie rediscover the strength of their bond and the joy of having somebody with whom to share the ride, bumps and all.

Regarded by many as Tyler's seminal work, Breathing Lessons celebrates the small miracles and magic of truly knowing someone, and evokes Jane Austen, Emma Straub, and other masters of the literary marriage.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2005
Edition: Ballantine Books trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780345485571
0345485572
Branch Call Number: TYLER A
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm

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lamalone
Aug 22, 2020

Pulitzer 1988

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Einer2
Jun 26, 2020

Anne Tyler books are always interesting views into human nature. In each I think people can likely see a bit of themselves or members of their family.

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craveginger
Jan 22, 2020

January 2020

How in the world did this book receive the Pulitzer Prize and all that critical praise. I could not get into the book and did not find the characters very appealing. I read maybe 30 pages and gave up. I may pick it up again in the future but for now it just didn't interest me.

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vkreads
Sep 25, 2018

Breathing Lessons: Pulitizer Prize for Fiction, won, yr 1989: -- huh??
I read about 100 pgs, then decided I wasn't very interested in what happened to any of the characters. Stopped reading.

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becknireckn
Apr 02, 2016

This Pulitzer prize winning book made me laugh and cry. I love Maggie and Ira. I always feel like I personally know Anne Tyler's characters because Anne's insight into human nature is so spot on. It helps that this was made into a movie that works so well with James Garner and Joanne Woodward. There is a funny scene where Maggie stands and starts singing ridiculously at her friends funeral much to Ira's extreme embarrassment. Also, their love in spite of their opposite personalities is touching. I saw friends and family, and a little of myself, in this wonderful book.

lbehrman Jul 31, 2012

This book was ok. I read it because I had purchased it years ago at a library sale.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This is a story about a couple and marriage. The woman is too ditzy to be good, but the book is funny.

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hallcynthia1
Jan 20, 2011

Read it, but didn't like it. I felt uncomfortable with the personalities and their petty world. Amazing that the whole story takes place in one day. I just wanted it to be over.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 21, 2009

Maggie Moran plans to reunite her son with his estranged wife and baby.

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