I finished this book a couple of days ago and I've been avoiding writing a blog about it ever since. I'm struggling to find the right words to tell you how I feel about this book without sounding trite.
I could say I loved this book from start to finish.
I could tell you how complete and satisfying this book was for me.
But none of the above does justice to the elegance and emotional truth that Tyler uses to describe the relationship between Aaron and his dead wife, Dorothy.
I've always enjoyed Tyler's gentle writing style, but some of her previous books have been a little hit and miss for me in the emotional department.
Not so, The Beginner's Goodbye. The idea of a widowed spouse trying to come to terms with grief and loss and unfinished business affected me deeply.
Perhaps it is simply best to say that I was moved beyond words.
This is a book to savour slowly.
Release date: April 2012 Chatto & Windus