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Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler

Morgan's Passing (1980)

by Anne Tyler

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Impressively written, but not for everyone. Tyler gives us almost no clues to the characters' inner lives except descriptions of their behaviors, which makes it difficult to stay interested in them long enough to figure out a way to appreciate them, to feel close enough to them to care.

I mean, in this one, two marriages are broken up, and in a manner seemingly almost whimsical and definitely impractical. And yet nobody seems upset or even conflicted - and the jacket comments praise the book as an heroic love story. Well, ok - in a way it is - but a reader has to be attentive to figure out how. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
For some unknown reason, I've been neglecting Ann Tyler's novels for the past few years. Reading this one reminds me of how wonderfully fleshed out her quirky characters are. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Nov 13, 2014 |
Anne Tyler has written undisputed classics, but this one lacks her trademark zip and humor. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
Anne Tyler has written undisputed classics, but this one lacks her trademark zip and humor. ( )
  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
i really, really like anne tyler's writing. i love how understated she is, how quirky - yet real - her characters are. that said, i didn't find the relationship that developed between morgan and emily (at the end, only) believable. the rest of his relationships seemed really real to me, especially his daughters and how they relate to him as they age. even the weird brindle worked. anne tyler works magic, i just dock it a little because of the way it went with morgan and emily, although his handling of it once it happened seemed spot on.

"This child had changed their lives past recognition, more than they had dreamed possible. You would think that someone so small could simply be fitted into a few spare crannies and the world could go on as usual, but it wasn't like that at all."

"An assignment had been given him. Someone's life, a small set of lives, had been placed in the palm of his hand. Maybe he would never have any more purpose than this: to accept the assignment gracefully, lovingly, and do the best he could with it."

"The phone rang on and on, first insistent, then resigned, faint and forlorn, rhyming with itself, like the chorus of a song." ( )
  elisa.saphier | May 16, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449911721, Paperback)

"An almost flawless story of love...Morgan emerges as a true hero."


Morgan Gower works at Cullen's hardware store in north Baltimore. He has seven daughters and a warmhearted wife, but as he journeys into the gray area of middle age, he finds his household growing tedious. Then Morgan meets two lovely young newlyweds under some rather extreme circumstances--and all three discover that no one's heart is safe....

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With his house in shambles, and his daughters growing up and leaving him, Morgan Gower needs new roles to play, new lives to enter into. Then comes his first dramatic encounter with Emily Meredith, and the start of an extraordinary obsession.

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