By Anne Tyler
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95, 208 pages

I opened The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler with great expectations. After all, Tyler is one of my favorite authors with her complicated characters and easy-to-read prose. The book opens with Aaron seeing his dead wife Dorothy in various locations around town. His wife died unexpectedly in a fluke accident. What makes her death worse is that the couple had a silly fight right before the accident happened. Aaron is trying to get past his wife’s death but does not know how to begin the healing process. After Dorothy’s death, everyone in Aaron’s life tiptoes around him. He hates being treated with kid gloves but does not know what do with himself except to continue to search for the ghost of his wife. The only drawback is that the story passes too quickly.

Reviewed by Seniye Groff