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The Amateur Marriage
by Tyler, Anne
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1. Did you find Michael and Pauline to be sympathetic characters?

2. How do the time period and setting affect the story?

3. How is Pauline and Michael's marriage defined by Lindy's disappearance? Would they have still faced the same issues without this stress? Or would their marriage have still struggled because of their basic differences?

4. Do you think Michael was happier with Anna than he had been with Pauline? Was Pauline happier after the divorce than she had been when married to Michael?

5. How does Lindy's return affect the family? Does it help resolve any of the issues the family faced because of her disappearance? Did you understand Pagan's response to her return?

6. What is the meaning of the title? Are Pauline and Michael still amateurs at the end of their marriage?

7. Michael leaves Pauline on their thirtieth anniversary. Why did this happen on such a significant day, and not on another, more ordinary day?

8. Why did Anne tyler call this novel _The Amateur Marriage_? What defines "amateur?"

9. How would you characterize the ending of _The Amateur Marriage-? What do you think Michael feels as he rounds the bend to his former home?

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