by Anne Tyler
Chatto & Windus, 1989, illustrated end-papers, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0701133910
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, dustjacket has small indentations at back with minor creasing and shelf wear
'Eternal optimism is the lifeblood of Maggie Moran, mother of Jesse and Daisy, married to Ira for twenty-eight years. Maggie has an inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's problems: where happiness does not exist she must create it. Love is something she can will into being and she pursues her quarry with the emotional equivalent of a butterfly net. But Maggie is heading for fifty, the time of the thickening waist and of the diet forever deferred; a time when the songs of one's adolescence bring tears to the eyes.'