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Breathing Lessons (1988)
by Anne Tyler
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345485599, Mass Market Paperback)Maggie Moran's mission is to connect and unite people, whether they want to be united or not. Maggie is a meddler and as she and her husband, Ira, drive 90 miles to the funeral of an old friend, Ira contemplates his wasted life and the traffic, while Maggie hatches a plant to reunite her son Jesse with his long-estranged wife and baby. As Ira explains, "She thinks the people she loves are better than they really are, and so then she starts changing things around to suit her view of them." Though everyone criticizes her for being "ordinary," Maggie's ability to see the beauty and potential in others ultimately proves that she is the only one fighting the resignation they all fear. The book captured the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1989.
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During a ninety-mile drive to her best friend's husband's funeral, Maggie and her husband, Ira, recall and reevaluate the details of their twenty-eight-year marriage.
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