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Breathing Lessons: A Novel
by Anne Tyler

Published: 2006-09-26
Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
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Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years–and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other’s eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wants nothing more than to ...
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(Maggie and Ira Moran have been married for twenty-eight years–and it shows: in their quarrels, in their routines, in their ability to tolerate with affection each other’s eccentricities. Maggie, a kooky, lovable meddler and an irrepressible optimist, wants nothing more than to fix her son’s broken marriage. Ira is infuriatingly practical, a man “who should have married Ann Landers.” And what begins as a day trip to a funeral becomes an adventure in the unexpected. As Maggie and Ira navigate the riotous twists and turns, they intersect with an assorted cast of eccentrics–and rediscover the magic of the road called life and the joy of having somebody next to you to share the ride . . . bumps and all.


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  "Pulitzer winner"by 1morechapter (see profile) 02/14/11

Breathing Lessons has been on my tbr list for ages not only because it won the Pulitzer Prize, but also because I’m an Anne Tyler fan. While I enjoyed it, I’m always of the mindset that a prize-winning... (read more)

 
  "Breathing Lessons"by jpr1506 (see profile) 01/04/10

A slow read that chronicalled one day in the lives of Maggie and Ira with lots of flash backs that explained how they got to where they are. Because it took me too long to read this book I occasionally... (read more)

 
  "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 c"by cimlibrarian (see profile) 03/19/09

The members of the book group had mixed reviews of the book but all agreed the characters provided for great discussion and reminded them of people in their lives.

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