Book Review of Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons
Breathing Lessons
Author: Anne Tyler
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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4 stars out of five in my opinion.
Maggie Moran's mission is to connect and unite people, whether they want to be united or

not. Maggie is a meddler and as she and her husband, Ira, drive 90 miles to the funeral of

an old friend, Ira contemplates his wasted life and the traffic, while Maggie hatches a plan

to reunite her son Jesse with his long-estranged wife and baby. As Ira explains, "She thinks

the people she loves are better than they really are, and so then she starts changing things

around to suit her view of them." Though everyone criticizes her for being "ordinary,"

Maggie's ability to see the beauty and potential in others ultimately proves that she is the

only one fighting the resignation they all fear. The book captured the Pulitzer Prize for

literature.