Breathing Lessons covers the events of a day in the life of Maggie Moran, nearing fifty, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested one hot summer day. Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Deer Lick to attend the funeral of the husband of Serena, Maggie's childhood friend. During the course of the journey, with its several unexpected detours - into the lives of old friends and grown children - Anne Tyler shows us all there is to know about a marriage: the expectations; the disappointments; the way children can create storms in a family; the way that wife and husband can fall in love all over again; the way that everything - and nothing - changes. OVER A MILLION ANNE TYLER BOOKS SOLD 'She's changed my perception on life' Anna Chancellor 'One of my favourite authors ' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' Nick Hornby 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks 'Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good' John Updike 'I love Anne Tyler' Anita Brookner 'Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour' Eudora Welty
One of five Anne Tyler novels reissued in stunning new jackets
Winner of Pulitzer Prize Novel Category 1989 and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1989.
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published in 1964 whilst her 11th novel, Breathing Lessons, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. In 1994, Tyler was nominated 'the greatest living novelist writing in English' by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.