Picks and Pans Review: Breathing Lessons

updated 12/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Anne Tyler
Maggie Moran, this novel's heroine, means well, but doesn't know when to stop. Tyler, however, knows exactly when to stop—to keep the poignant from turning maudlin, to keep the witty from turning silly, to keep the profound from turning pretentious.

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