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The Amateur Marriage - A Novel

Anne Tyler

From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations. They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.

From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations. They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.
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From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations. They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mother's grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married. Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Blair Brown

Length:

10h 41m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:51


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:17


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:10


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:45


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:19


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:04


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:04


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:39


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:27


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:14


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:33


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:29


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:59


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:14


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:50


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:34


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:12


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:04


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:53


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:47