Spanning three generations, this story is about a mismatched marriage and its consequences. Michael and Pauline seemed like the perfect couple; young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment she walked into his mother's grocery store in Baltimore, he was smitten, and in the heat of World War II fervour, they marry in haste. Over time they discover that their different personalities and approaches to life are taking a toll on their relationship and their family.
Anne Tyler—The Amateur Marriage