The Amateur Marriage

amateurmarriageThis book should have been of the same dreariness as Revolution Road.  Two miserable living through a miserable marriage.  A bit of a drudge to get through.

And yet, this book was strangely enjoyable (and not in a sadistic way).  Anne Tyler does a great job of writing characters and family dramas.  Even though both of the main characters, Michael and Pauline, could easily be annoying, I found myself rooting for each of them.

The story follows Michael and Pauline who find each other early in the novel and embark on a rather mismatched marriage.  Their volatility seems to work for them for a time, though the stress shows in the family.

I was a bit surprised that the book wasn’t tied up in a tidy bow.  I don’t want to ruin the ending, but it’s a bit jagged.  At first I was put off by it, but I think that it was the right ending to the book.

Anne Tyler isn’t the typical bestselling author and she doesn’t write typical bestselling books.  They are more real to life and to the characters she writes.  Her books hold your attention because they are well written and the characters interesting, not because of flashy plot twists or literary tricks.


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