Anne Tyler’s latest is The Beginner’s Goodbye (2012), a short novel set in Baltimore, as usual. It’s a story of grief, ghosts, family, and negotiating relationships.
Two bits I really liked:
That was one of the worst things about losing your wife, I found: your wife is the very person you want to discuss it all with.
I can so imagine that.
And this one is just like me!:
I tried that number, and this time I reached an actual human being. ‘Hell-o,’ a man said, too loudly.
‘But you have a Gil Bryan?’
‘Could I speak to him, please?’
‘Could I leave a message?’
‘Let me give you his cell.’
I wrote the number down, but I didn’t try it right away. The conversation with the first guy had worn me out.