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By Anne Tyler

"An virtually wonderful tale of love...Morgan emerges as a real hero."

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Morgan Gower works at Cullen's ironmongery store in north Baltimore. He has seven daughters and a warmhearted spouse, yet as he trips into the grey region of heart age, he reveals his loved ones starting to be tedious. Then Morgan meets wonderful younger newlyweds lower than a few really severe circumstances--and all 3 notice that no one's center is safe....

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Even now that he used to be graying, Morgan observed, he used to be doing it in a mannequin’s style—handsome silvery wings above his ears. Jim tapped his briefcase thoughtfully. “You realize,” he advised Morgan, “that you’re no longer the 1st guy this has occurred to. ” “Oh? I’m now not? ” “Well, I miss out on what’s so funny, Morgan. ” “No, no … What I suggest to claim is, i'm the 1st guy it’s occurred to in really this manner. Or relatively, it’s the 1st time it’s occurred to me, and to her. There’s no element attempting to healthy us on a graph. ” Jim sighed. “Let’s commence all over,” he stated. “Certainly. ” “You comprehend, Morgan, that Bonny used to be beautiful dissatisfied this morning whilst she heard the scoop. yet it’s no longer the top of the area, I advised her. It’s no longer what you’d get a divorce a wedding for. Is it? come up with your self, I advised her. Oh, definite, she’ll take some time forgiving you. It’s a surprise to everybody—Amy, Jean … they may be demanding on you on the moment …” Morgan nodded, attempting to glance moderate. in fact, he must have learned the ladies will be concerned. They have been unswerving to Bonny, certainly, and it needs to glance poor, what he’d performed. Oh, he didn’t blame them in any respect. yet nonetheless he felt a bit harm, picturing Bonny surrounded via clucking daughters. How they rushed to scenes of tragedy and melodrama! He used to be reminded of Susan, their such a lot tough baby, who had spent a tiresome, prolonged early life bickering with Bonny. She may force domestic from university for weekends and he’d slightly have unloaded the laundry from her vehicle whilst she’d be storming out back. “I’ll by no means come again the following, by no means. i used to be an fool to attempt. ” “But what occurred? ” he could ask, astonished. She might yank her laundry bag from his arms and flounce into her vehicle and grind the engine. “And how did it occur so speedy? ” he may name after her departing hind lights. Spontaneous combustion! Flint rocks, miraculously magnetized! They rushed to conflict with such enthusiasm. It used to be simply to boot he used to be performed with all that. In his brain Emily shone as transparent and nonetheless as a pool. “I plan to invite Bonny for a divorce,” he advised Jim. “Morgan. Christ, Morgan. glance, man …” “I don’t believe you provide discount rates to relatives, do you? ” “I don’t deal with divorces. ” “Oh. ” “And anyhow … Christ, Morgan, what’s bought into you? You’re throwing every little thing away! ” “I’ve already informed Emily,” Morgan acknowledged, “that I’ll look after her and Gina and the newborn. She might by no means simply stick with her husband; she’s stated that. and he or she has not anyone else to depend on. See, I notice I’m behaving badly, Jim, yet this can be a kind of occasions while, no matter what you do, it’s undesirable from one perspective and solid from one other. I suggest, I can’t be virtuous on each entrance during this state of affairs. am i able to? ” “Listen,” Jim acknowledged. He hunched ahead over his briefcase, as though approximately to cross on a mystery. “Life isn't really constantly X-rated, Morgan. ” “I beg your pardon? ” “I suggest, usually it’s extra like … oh, a low R, I’d say: half mattress, half grocery-shopping. You don’t are looking to break every thing for the sake of, ah …” Morgan fished for his cigarettes. What did Jim think?

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