by Anne Tyler
Pauline and Michael appeared to be the perfect couple, at least when they first met.
Amidst the fervor of WWII, these two young people meet and instantly fall in love. When they marry, they are amateurs, bringing little experience to the relationship. As they have children and grow older, their amateur status remains. These two simply do not know how to negotiate the ups and downs of marriage (and life).
Over the years, we witness the difficult family dynamics and wonder how these two people ever got along. And yet their marriage endures.
I love this novel! As always, Tyler’s characters are real and flawed and reflective of the times in which they live. The situations are knowable, and the feelings are deep. Wonderful!