Fiction Read - The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

  • February 11, 2014 · 7:30 PM

The plot concerns the marriage of Michael Anton and Pauline Barclay, who meet when he tends to her bloodied brow in his family's grocery store, located in a primarily Eastern European conclave in Baltimore, in December 1941. They marry after Michael is discharged from the Army with a permanent injury caused by a deliberate shot from someone he assaulted. Michael and Pauline settle in a small apartment above the store, but their widely different temperaments and expectations quickly create dissension in the relationship. He is repressed, controlling, and quiet; she is loud, emotional, and romantic. At Pauline's insistence, they move to the suburbs, where they raise three children: Lindy, George and Karen.

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  • Claire

    thanks all for a really interesting discussion and great questions Phil. i just finished the book ;)

    February 11, 2014

  • John M.

    Really enjoyed the discussion - I always go away with much to think about. Well hosted by Phil - thank you.

    February 11, 2014

  • Tracey B.

    Hi Guys, sorry can't make it tonight - just got back from horrid journey home from Wednesbury. See you next time, will really try to do a coffee or lunch too but am busy this sat. Did enjoy the book, hope you all have a good evening. Tx

    February 11, 2014

  • Nick

    Apologies. Obtained the book but couldn't get into it.

    February 10, 2014

  • Patricia S.

    have enjoyed ameutur mariage and have just finished dilly court a mother;s courage look forward to next read

    February 8, 2014

  • Johnny

    Would love to attend but cannot as in Banjul swotting mosquitos the size of helicopters! booooh

    February 7, 2014

  • John M.

    Just finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson - loved, loved, loved this book. Did I say I loved this book? Thank you Ruth.

    February 2, 2014

    • Ruth

      Coincidentally, I've just finished an Abundance of Katherines - enjoyed that very much too. Thank you John

      February 2, 2014

  • Patricia S.

    i am two thirds in to it am enjoying it

    January 18, 2014

  • Claire

    Picked up the book from Leamington Library today (I ordered it in and they had more copies), looking forward to getting started!

    January 17, 2014

  • Nick

    Two spare copies in Solihull library. I'm booking the third.

    January 14, 2014

  • John M.

    Hello Peeps ( who has just thought 'I hate it when people use the word peeps'?!)

    I'm tidying my bookcase to make room for my reading list of 2014 courtesy of presents and book tokens. They are:

    The Lover's Dictionary - David Leviathan
    Never Far From Nowhere - Andrea Levy
    The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
    The Quarry - Iain Banks
    The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
    The Flame Alphabet - Ben Marcus
    The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
    The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton - 807 pages - I may have to miss a few meetings to fit it in. Who just said 'Yeah'?!
    Marriage Material -Satham Sanghera
    The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

    So what's on your reading list for 2014?

    Oh I bought Saints Of The Shadow Bible the latest Rebus by Ian Rankin by mistake - anyone who wants it I will bring it to the next meeting.

    I also have 2 copies of A Passage To India - not sure why - again if someone wants a copy I can bring it along. Both the Rankin & Forster are hardbacks. No takers - charity shop beckons!

    January 11, 2014

    • Ruth

      John, maybe we change the next Saturday event into a book exchange, there are bound to be a few people with excess Christmas reading?

      1 · January 11, 2014

    • John M.

      Great idea. Loving Will Grayson Will Grayson.

      January 12, 2014

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