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  • Published: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099469599
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

The Amateur Marriage




'My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' Nick Hornby, Independent on Sunday

From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel, spanning three generations, about a mismatched marriage - and its consequences. 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 Baltimore, he was smitten, and in the heat of World War II fervour, they marry in haste. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counter-culture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayers of later years, Anne Tyler captures the nuances of everyday life with telling precision and sly humour.

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  • Pub date: 1 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099469599
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread and Vinegar Girl.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for The Amateur Marriage

“A brilliant writer…funny, tragic, wise”

Lynne Truss, Independent

“Anne Tyler is a formidably skilful story-teller, with every narrative trick at her effortless command”

Daily Telegraph

“Tyler's compelling, moving and often amusing tale is the story of any marriage - every page brings a smile of recognition to the reader”

Daily Mail

“The meanings of this beautifully written novel reach far wider than Baltimore. I shed a tear as I finished the Antons' story”

Evening Standard

“Tyler is an exquisite chronicler of the everyday”

Observer

“[An] astonishingly perceptive and near-perfect novel… If you are looking for a thoughtful, intelligent, page-turning read that centres on family life, provides a good dose of tragedy tempered by comedy…then The Amateur Marriage should fit the bill perfectly.”

Reading Matters

“A woundingly truthful but hugely compassionate portrait”

Fanny Blake, Woman & Home


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