Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

Book - 1988
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'Breathing Lessons' covers the events of a day in the life of Maggie Moran, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is put to the test.
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Viking, 1988
ISBN: 9780670825387
Branch Call Number: FIC Tyler
Characteristics: 327 p


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Sep 25, 2018

Breathing Lessons: Pulitizer Prize for Fiction, won, yr 1989: -- huh??
I read about 100 pgs, then decided I wasn't very interested in what happened to any of the characters. Stopped reading.

Apr 02, 2016

This Pulitzer prize winning book made me laugh and cry. I love Maggie and Ira. I always feel like I personally know Anne Tyler's characters because Anne's insight into human nature is so spot on. It helps that this was made into a movie that works so well with James Garner and Joanne Woodward. There is a funny scene where Maggie stands and starts singing ridiculously at her friends funeral much to Ira's extreme embarrassment. Also, their love in spite of their opposite personalities is touching. I saw friends and family, and a little of myself, in this wonderful book.

lbehrman Jul 31, 2012

This book was ok. I read it because I had purchased it years ago at a library sale.

Jul 27, 2012

This is a story about a couple and marriage. The woman is too ditzy to be good, but the book is funny.

Jan 20, 2011

Read it, but didn't like it. I felt uncomfortable with the personalities and their petty world. Amazing that the whole story takes place in one day. I just wanted it to be over.


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Maggie Moran plans to reunite her son with his estranged wife and baby.

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