Anne Tyler - Author

About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. This is Anne Tyler’s sixteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore. In 2012 Anne Tyler was the winner of the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

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French Braid

French Braid

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2022

The major new novel from the beloved prize-winning author -- a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family's foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone determines not to notice. Over at her studio, she wants space and silence. She won't allow any family clutter. Not even their cat, Desmond. Yet it is a clutter of untidy moments that forms the Garretts' family life over the decades, from giving a child a ride to a painstaking Easter lunch, a fateful train journey to an unexpected homecoming. And it all begins in 1959, with a family holiday to a cabin by a lake. It's the only one the Garretts will ever take, but its effects will ripple through the generations.

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2020

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 Discover an offbeat love story about mis-steps, second chances and the elusive art of human connection from the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread. Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work - his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car - maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning). He is content with the steady balance of his life. But then the order of things starts to tilt. His woman friend Cassia (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a 'girlfriend') tells him she's facing eviction because of a cat. And when a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle. Redhead by the Side of the Road is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach - and a love story about the differences that make us all unique. 

Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Kate Battista is stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and infuriating younger sister Bunny? Dr Battista has other problems. His brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, his new scientific breakthrough will fall through... When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Will Kate be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's brilliant retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as surprising as Kate herself.

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Vinegar Girl The Taming of the Shrew Retold

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2016

'You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that'. Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr...When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself.

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A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red met that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life.   Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

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The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2004

The story charts the marriage of a couple who are such opposites in character but who fall madly in love. As the marriage progresses with children and moving out to the suburbs inevitably the cracks appear between a couple who are so fundamentally different. A beautifully observed book.   July 2010 Guest Editor Louise Candlish on Anne Tyler... Anne Tyler is the ultimate writer’s writer and I join her throng of admirers, but she is very hard to emulate. I think that’s partly because she is so unflinchingly spare in her structuring – you can see that in The Amateur Marriage. You get the impression she is that rare creature: a great novelist without a big ego.

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The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2004

A rich and compelling novel, spanning three generations, about a mismatched marriage - and its consequences. Now featuring in the Daily Mail book club, so read it yourself and make up your own mind.

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The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2004

The story charts the marriage of a couple who are such opposites in character but who fall madly in love. As the marriage progresses with children and moving out to the suburbs inevitably the cracks appear between a couple who are so fundamentally different. A beautifully observed book.   July 2010 Guest Editor Louise Candlish on Anne Tyler... Anne Tyler is the ultimate writer’s writer and I join her throng of admirers, but she is very hard to emulate. I think that’s partly because she is so unflinchingly spare in her structuring – you can see that in The Amateur Marriage. You get the impression she is that rare creature: a great novelist without a big ego.

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The Amateur Marriage

The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2004

A rich and compelling novel, spanning three generations, about a mismatched marriage - and its consequences. Now featuring in the Daily Mail book club, so read it yourself and make up your own mind.

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The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/1998

February 2011 Guest Editor Carmen Reid on Anne Tyler... This wonderful American writer gets everything so right about people. She understands just what makes us tick and she observes it all so carefully. She also has a deep and lovely sense of humour. The Accidental Tourist is the perfect novel if you ask me. There’s heartbreaking sadness all the way through as irritatingly uptight, perfectionist Macon tries to come to terms with the death of his son. But then this quirky, loving dog-trainer girl, Muriel Pritchett, is just desperate to get through to him and bring him back to life. It’s so funny, so terribly sad and so true. Just genius. There’s even a Jack Russell.  

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Digging to America

Digging to America

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/08/2007

In what is perhaps her richest and most deeply searching novel, Anne Tyler gives us a story about what it is to be an American, and about Maryam Yazdan, who afterThirty-five years in this country must finally come to terms with her outsiderness.Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airportthe Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryams fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian American wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate with an arrival party, an event that is repeated every year as the two families become more deeply intertwined.Even independent-minded Maryam is drawn in. But only up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by one of the Donaldson clan, a good-hearted man of her vintage, recently widowed and still recovering from his wifes death, suddenly all the values she cherishesher traditions, her privacy, her othernessare threatened. Somehow this big American takes up so much space that the orderly boundaries of her life feel invaded.A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that cast a penetrating light on the American way as seen from two perspectives, those who are born here and those who are still struggling to fit in.

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Saint Maybe

Saint Maybe

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/05/2014

When eighteen-year-old Ian Bedloe pricks the bubble of his family's optimistic self-deception, his brother Danny drives into a wall, his sister-in-law falls apart, and his parents age before his eyes. Consumed by guilt Ian finds the hope of forgiveness at the Church of the Second Chance, and leaves college to cope with the three children he has inherited and his own embarrassing religion. Twenty years on, Ian's prospects of a second chance are receding fast when, out of the heart of the domesticity that has engulfed him, strides a new figure who will bring him new life.A heartfelt novel about the unexpected tragedies and second chances of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Accidental Tourist and The Amateur Marriage. Now available as an audiobook.

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Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2010

'As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction' Guardian Liam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodging issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certainty and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory. In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems... **ANNE TYLER HAS SOLD OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS WORLDWIDE** 'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

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Back When We Were Grownups

Back When We Were Grownups

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/12/2007

Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person. So Anne Tyler opens this irresistible new novel.The woman is Rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? Or is it someone elses?On the surface, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, is outgoing, joyous, a natural celebrator. Giving parties is, after all, her vocationsomething she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his familys crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time. Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorc with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms. Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. How she answers ithow she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once beenis the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel.As always with Anne Tylers novels, once we enter her world it is hard to leave. But in Back When We Were Grownups she so sharpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not only refreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.

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Other books by Anne Tyler

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2021

'If Anne Tyler isn't the best writer in the world, who is?' BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour A perfect love story for imperfect people. Micah Mortimer measures out his days running errands for work, maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning). He is in a long-term relationship with his woman friend Cassia, but they live apart. His carefully calibrated life is regular, steady, balanced. But then the order of things starts to tilt. Cassia is threatened with eviction, and when a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son, he is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle. Can Micah, a man to whom those around him always seem just out of reach, find a way back to his perfectly imperfect love story? ** BOOK OF THE YEAR Sunday Times, Daily Express, Times, Daily Telegraph, Good Housekeeping, Metro, Spectator, New Statesman** ** LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020** ___________ PRAISE FOR REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD: 'A book this lovely feels practically heaven-sent' Daily Mail 'Comfort reading of the best sort' Irish Times 'Tyler packs feeling and insight into every single sentence' Good Housekeeping 'Anne Tyler has the ability to take the minutiae of characters' lives and say wise things about the human condition that other writers can only dream of' Stylist 'Bursting with vitality and variety, it's a tour-de-force' Sunday Times 'I love Anne Tyler...I've read every single book she's written' Jacqueline Wilson ___________ Readers LOVE this book: 'If you like a simply told tale that drips with heart and heartache and life and empathy and gentle humour then you can't go wrong with this' 'Anne Tyler excels in her grasp of the low key ordinary everyday lives of her characters and their relationships, as she demonstrates in this beautifully observed and astute novel' 'Not many authors can make everyday life so interesting and entertaining, and long may Anne Tyler continue to do so.'

Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage

Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/08/2018

Captivating BBC radio adaptations of three of Anne Tyler's bestselling novelsAward-winning author Anne Tyler is loved worldwide for her fiction exploring the intricacies of marriage and domesticity. These three acclaimed books, each set in Baltimore, describe the small triumphs and tragedies of everyday American family life, as relationships are made and broken, and families come together, drift apart, hurt and heal each other.Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Tracks 1 and 2) Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl Tull attempts to keep her family together - but her anger and fierce maternal energy has damaging effects on her three children.Ladder of Years (Tracks 3 and 4)An unexpected romantic encounter in the grocery aisle is the beginning of a new adventure for homely Delia Grinstead, leading her to make a sudden, impulsive change in her life.The Amateur Marriage (Tracks 5 and 6)We follow the turbulent relationship of Michael and Pauline Anton over sixty years, from their whirlwind romance in 1941, to marriage, parenthood and beyond.Multi-layered and universal, with details that ring sharply true and characters that are both recognisable and entertaining, these three dramatisations feature a distinguished cast including Barbara Barnes, Lorelei King and Nathan Osgood.Dramatised by Rebecca LenkiewiczProduced and directed by David HunterDinner at the Homesick RestaurantPearl...Barbara BarnesNarrator...Lorelei KingBeck...Nathan OsgoodYoung Cody...Max BaldryYoung Ezra...Richard LinnellYoung Jenny/Jane...Eloise WebbCody...Ben CroweEzra...Simon Lee PhillipsJenny...Fenella WoolgarJosiah...Matthew WatsonHarley...David SeddonMrs Payson/Mrs Scarlatti...Joanna BrookesRuth...Amaka OkaforSlevin...Will HowardJoe/Driver...David SeddonPriest/Driver/Dr Vincent...Paul StonehouseTeacher/Driver...Philippa StantonMr Murphy...Sean MurrayThe Ladder of YearsDelia...Nancy CraneAdrian...Ian ConninghamSam...Nathan OsgoodEliza...Jessica TurnerNarrator/Woman...Barbara BarnesRosemary/Debbie/Mother/Binky...Rhiannon NeadsSkipper...David ActonCarroll/Clerk...Sam ValentineDriscoll/Ramsay/Vernon/Assistant...Mark Edel-HuntSusie...Roslyn HillMr Maxwell/Nat...David HounslowLinda/Belle...Jane SlavinEliza...Jessica TurnerEleanor...Carol MacReadyMr Pomfret....Stephen CritchlowNoah...Sean McCrystalJoel...Sam DaleRick Rack/Telephone Voice...Jude AkuwudikeThe Amateur MarriagePauline/Young Pauline...Julianna JenningsMichael/George/Pagan...Tom ForristerNarrator...Barbara BarnesMrs Anton...Pandora ColinWanda/Lindy/Gina...Sarah RidgewayMrs Brunek/Mrs Serge/Mrs Barclay/Donna/Marilyn...Sanchia McCormackKatie/Karen...Maeve Bluebell WellsMrs Golka/Destiny/Karen...Chetna PandyaMrs Kowalski/Anna/Katie...Georgie GlenOfficer/Policeman...John BowlerJohn Piazy/Alex/Policeman/Becoming....Finlay RobertsonEustace/Dun...David SterneLindy...Kayla GalGeorge/Pagan...Finn MonteathMichael...Ian PorterCabbie...Nicholas MurchiePauline...Sara StewartPagan...Noel BrookeGeorge...David SturzakerLindy...Jane SlavinPauline...Sara Stewart

Clock Dance

Clock Dance

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/07/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, read by Kimberly Farr. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community, and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things. A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfilment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it's never too late to change direction, and choose your own path.'She is and always will be my favourite author' Liane Moriarty

Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles

Half-Truths and Semi-Miracles

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/05/2018

The first thing I tell people is, I'm just an ordinary woman. I'm just like you. Susanna has an incredible gift: she can heal ailments with just the touch of her hand. People travel from far and wide based on their faith in her abilities. But Susanna's power only works in certain casesit's a semi-miracle. And as she grows into a woman, and tries to build a life of her own, her calling to fix and cure becomes more of a burden than she could ever have imagined. Why is she able to take people's pain away sometimes, and not others, not when she needs to most of all? With the balm of time, and the wisdom of experience, Susanna must learn to live with the mysterious nature of her miracle. Available to readers for the first time since its initial publication, this is a wry and moving story by an American master. ';Not merely good . . . she is wickedly good.' John UpdikeLook forClock Dance, the charming new novel from Anne Tyler, available this July.

Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/06/2016

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies.Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying as usual on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?

A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2015

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red met that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come, even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch we spool back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. And while all families like to believe they are special, round that kitchen table over all those years we see played out the hopes and fears, the rivalries and tensions of families everywhere - the essential nature of family life.   Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015.

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Spool of Blue Thread

Spool of Blue Thread

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize';It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . .' This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.Brimming with all the insight, humor, and generosity of spirit that are the hallmarks of Anne Tyler's work, A Spool of Blue Thread tells a poignant yet unsentimental story in praise of family in all its emotional complexity. It is a novel to cherish.

The Beginner's Goodbye

The Beginner's Goodbye

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

When Dorothy came back from the dead, it seemed to Aaron that some people simply didn't notice. The accident that killed Dorothy - involving an oak tree, a sun porch and some elusive biscuits - leaves Aaron bereft and the house a wreck. As those around him fuss and flap and bring him casserole after casserole, Aaron ploughs on. But then Dorothy starts to materialise in the oddest places. At first, she only comes for a short while, leaving Aaron longing for more. Gradually she stays for longer, and as they talk, they also bicker and the cracks that were present in their perfectly ordinary marriage start to reappear... 'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies 'My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' Nick Hornby

Beginner's Goodbye

Beginner's Goodbye

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/04/2012

Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, ripped apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearancesin their house, on the roadway, in the market. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye. A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler's humor, wisdom, and always penetrating look at human foibles.

Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/01/2010

From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, coming to terms with the final phase of his life.Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets iswell, something quite different.We all know a Liam. In fact, there may be a little of Liam in each of us. Which is why Anne Tylers lovely novel resonates so deeply.

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: The Accidental Tourist

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 5:: The Accidental Tourist

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2007

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

Digging to America

Digging to America

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2007

Anne Tyler manages to create such believable characters time and time again and in Digging to America she delivers yet again. The two families in the novel are linked forever by the Korean children they have each adopted. They celebrate “Arrival Day” each year with a party together. Through the various parties and with the passage of time Tyler explores the characters’ differences, their varying hopes and dreams, cultural backgrounds, sense of fitting in. A brilliant scenario for putting these different families together and beautifully written.

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Amateur Marriage

Amateur Marriage

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/06/2006

From the inimitable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriageand its consequences, spanning three generations.They seemed like the perfect coupleyoung, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline, a stranger to the Polish Eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore (though she lived only twenty minutes away), walked into his mothers grocery store, Michael was smitten. And in the heat of World War II fervor, they are propelled into a hasty wedding. But they never should have married.Pauline, impulsive, impractical, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, plodding, cautious, judgmental, proceeds deliberately. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs. In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Even when they find themselves, almost thirty years later, loving, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Flighty Pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition. Throughout, as each of the competing voices bears witness, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.

Back When We Were Grownups

Back When We Were Grownups

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2002

August 2013 Guest Editor Catherine Alliott on Anne Tyler... Anne Tyler is probably my favourite contemporary novelist.  She's so good yet she never draws attention to her writing, she lets you forget it. Back When We Were Grownups is a wry and comic tale about a woman who feels herself disappearing in middle age and tries to claw back the sense of who she once was before she became consumed by her dead husband's family.

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A Patchwork Planet

A Patchwork Planet

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/1999

Barnaby Gailtin has less in life than he once had. His ex-wife Natalie left him and their native Baltimore several years ago, taking their baby daughter Opal with her, and he has acquired an unalterably fixed position as the black sheep of the family in a family where black sheep aren't tolerated. Then the angelic Sophia enters his life and it seems as if all this is set to change. But can he shake off his past? **ANNE TYLER HAS SOLD OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS WORLDWIDE** 'One of my favourite authors' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

Earthly Possessions

Earthly Possessions

Author: Anne Tyler Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/1997

'A skilful novel by a writer in full flight from the obvious' Observer For thirty-five year old Charlotte Emory, leaving her husband seems to offer the only way out from the mundaneness of every day life's earthly possessions and emotional complications. In the bank, she withdraws enough money to escape a life and a marriage gone sour. But Charlotte is about to escape in a way she never expected, as a young bank robber takes her hostage, and they head south for Florida in a stolen car. **ANNE TYLER HAS SOLD OVER 1 MILLION BOOKS WORLDWIDE** 'One of my favourite authors ' Liane Moriarty 'She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan 'Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve 'A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks

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