: greenwood, 1998), 2-3. Many such communities bloomed across the landscape in post world war ii america in order to accommodate the soldiers who had returned from the war, married their sweethearts and needed to buy into the “dream. Pauline believed that marriage was an interweaving of souls, while michael viewed it as two people traveling side by side but separately. Suggests that relationships are founded on whim, encouraged by lethargy, but, remarkably, endure despite the effects of historical upheavals, mismatched partners, family tragedy, and even divorce. Michael and pauline got married at a time when the common wisdom, expressed by pauline’s mother, was that “marriages were like fruit trees. Pulitzer prize winner tyler unobtrusively weaves a narrative of mundane activities, conversations, and single thoughts into an affecting tapestry of love, family ties, and heartache that leaves the listener awed and satisfied.
Jamie is adored by the adults in beaufort but not befriended by any of the students, both because of her drab clothing and plain appearance and because her near-perfect behavior reflects poorly on the rest of the student body. This mismatched couple, who grows apart each day but whose roots are so entangled they cannot breathe, merely remain in a state of stasis. Indeed, by the end of the novel, worth and landon mend their relationship, with hegbert and jamie serving as their models.