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Breathing Lessons
ANNE TYLER

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
109 reviews (1988) (352p)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner
National Book Award Finalist

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Book Description
During a ninety-mile drive to her best friend's husband's funeral, Maggie and her husband, Ira, recall and revaluate the details of their twenty-eight-year marriage. Reissue. Movie tie-in.


Amazon.com Review
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.


Other Award Winning Books by Anne Tyler
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
3674 reviews (2015) (368p) (Amazon Top100) (LJ More Best) (Booker) (Booklist)
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Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
278 reviews (2001) (304p) (Amazon)
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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
89 reviews (1985) (352p) (PP) (NBCCA) (LATimes)
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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
79 reviews (1982) (336p) (PP) (NBCCA) (NBA) (PF) (NYTimes) (LATimes)
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Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
24 reviews (1980) (352p) (NBCCA)
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Anne Tyler Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 10  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 5  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Breathing Lessons ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 3 Breathing Lessons · Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant · The Accidental Tourist ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 1 The Accidental Tourist ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 3 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant · Morgan's Passing · The Accidental Tourist ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Breathing Lessons · Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 1 A Spool of Blue Thread ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 1 Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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