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Description - Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler

Morgan Gower has an outsize hairy beard, an array of peculiar costumes and fantastic headwear, and a serious smoking habit. He likes to pretend to be other people - a jockey, a shipping magnate, a foreign art dealer - and he likes to do this more and more since his massive brood of daughters are all growing up, getting married and finding him embarrassing. Then comes his first dramatic encounter with Emily and Leon Meredith, and the start of an extraordinary obsession.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099527206
ISBN-10: 0099527200
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 16mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler

US Kirkus Review » "You could say Morgan was a man who'd gone to pieces. . . maybe he'd arrived unassembled." Yes, this is the odyssey of fortyish Morgan Gower - and in the soft muddle of Morgan's familial netting and his calls to freedom, Tyler again finds both warmth and a certain hard coherence. Manager (in name only) of a run-down hardware store and trapped within his Baltimore household web - cheerfully sloppy wife Bonnie, seven industriously dull daughters, a senile mother, an addled sister - Morgan buzzes noisily but to little effect. He's not a "temperate person." He dribbles ashes, fiddles with his beard, and scatters himself through half-baked projects, varied identities, assorted wardrobes. But then Morgan enters the lives of young puppeteers Emily and Leon Meredith: he first meets them when there's a call for "a doctor in the house" - and Morgan pops up to deliver Emily's baby daughter on the spot, posing as "Dr. Morgan." And a year later, his home life withering, Morgan begins to spy, fascinated, on the Merediths, envying their "austerity, certitude, their mapped and charted lives." Then, in an antic confrontation, "Dr. Morgan" confesses his impersonation, but Emily understands "he has to get out of his life sometimes," and soon Morgan's love for Emily blinks on like a desert sunrise. Will romance bloom? Yes, eventually. Emily (product of a stifling past) begins to find Leon too rigid and buttoned-in, an affair commences, Emily becomes pregnant, Morgan elatedly arranges their respective separations from spouses - and the two leave Baltimore with baby and puppets, Morgan taking the name of Meredith. As far as wife Bonnie is concerned (and hence the title) Morgan has "passed on" from his real self - she places a maliciously playful obituary in the local paper. But Morgan can only, in a final summing-up, feel sure that "it matters who you love and why." The Tyler trademarks - surface warmth and humor with a cutting undertow - again on impressive, irresistible display. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Anne Tyler

Born in Minneapolis in 1941, Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and Noah's Compass. She has recently received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books.

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