Thirtysomething Aaron Woolcott is in deep mourning after his wife, Dorothy, is killed by a falling tree at their home. Even though there's significant damage to the house, Aaron stays there until it becomes uninhabitable. He is somewhat comforted by still seeing Dorothy appear around town and he tries to find some type of pattern to her sightings. Through seeing her, he slowly starts to heal. The Beginner's Goodbye is a short novel that, for me, lacked the depth of some of Anne Tyler's great earlier works that I enjoyed, like Breathing Lessons and Saint Maybe. It will be published next month.