Search Results: "Anne Tyler"


BOOK REVIEW

NOAH’S COMPASS by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2009

"And so will be the reader."
Instead of the measured critical commentary typically found here, let's consider this column a mash note. Read full book review >

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DIGGING TO AMERICA by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"Vintage Tyler, with enough fresh, new touches to earn her the next generation of fans."
The veteran novelist (The Amateur Marriage, 2004, etc.) extends her range without losing her essence in this tale of two families drawn together by their adopted daughters despite the friction created by their very different personalities and ethnicities. Read full book review >

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THE AMATEUR MARRIAGE by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"So smart, so sensitive, so readable and engaging. Is it churlish to suggest that an author obviously at the peak of her powers should broaden her horizons and push herself a little harder the next time out?"
Painfully accurate and painfully funny as ever, Tyler's 16th novel (Back When We Were Grownups, 2001, etc.) traces the stormy union of two people who love but can't stand each other. Read full book review >

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A PATCHWORK PLANET by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 1998

"Absolutely wonderful: Tyler's many admirers are sure to number this among her very best work."
Tyler's appealing warmth and flair for eccentric comedy are abundantly displayed in her superb 14th novel, following close on the heels of such recent successes as Breathing Lessons (1988) and Saint Maybe (1991). Read full book review >

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BREATHING LESSONS by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1988

"A seriocomic journey in which, as always, underlying the character-rooted, richly comic turns, is Tyler's affectionate empathy for those who detour—and 'practice life' to 'get it right."
In Tyler's latest testing of the strangulating tugs and miraculous stretch of familial and marital ties, a middle-aged Baltimore couple (inexplicably linked, like so many of Tyler's lovers) take a one-day's detour-clogged trip to a funeral. Read full book review >

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MORGAN'S PASSING by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1980

"The Tyler trademarks—surface warmth and humor with a cutting undertow—again on impressive, irresistible display."
You could say Morgan was a man who'd gone to pieces. . . maybe he'd arrived unassembled." Read full book review >

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IF MORNING EVER COMES by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1964

"A skillful tale and a joy to read."
A modest style, a gentle, bumbling protagonist, and family events in a low key, lend this novel a deceptive aura of ease, for just an eyeblink away from the surface action is an ambitious and tantalizing notion of love, time and identity. Read full book review >

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QUEEN ANNE by Anne Somerset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2103

"Anne's natural reserve and her instinct for discretion has led historians to believe that she was weak and dominated by women of stronger character. Somerset's impressive scholarship debunks that belief and shows Anne as a masterful, even authoritative, queen who survived the influence of her 'friends.'"
Somerset (The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV, 2004) delivers an exhaustive and easily readable history of a queen trying to emulate Elizabeth I with none of the Tudor forcefulness and too much of the Stuart feebleness. Read full book review >

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A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art."
Tyler's 20th novel (The Beginner's Goodbye, 2012, etc.) again centers on family life in Baltimore, still a fresh and compelling subject in the hands of this gifted veteran.Read full book review >

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CLOCK WINDER by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1972

"Another gently insidious exposure of the adders under the veranda."
Miss Tyler again explores family connections in terms of compensatory stress and balances, necessary exclusions, and the loneliness of outsiders resisting absorption. Mrs. Emerson is the vortex of the Baltimore Emerson family, a widow "wearing pastels, holding out smooth white hands with polished nails," to receive her intermittently returning seven children whom she controls with charged verbiage: "Oh, everything she said nowadays was attached to other things by long gluey strands. . . touching off chords, opening doors." Read full book review >

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LADDER OF YEARS by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1995

"Still, any journey with Tyler is always worth the ride — and then some."
Another agreeably offbeat journey back to Tyler country (i.e., Baltimore and environs), where the characters who will fill the big, slightly dowdy, old houses are spellbound by their own homely lives, their routines, their family stories, their recipes for mint pea soup — until something happens to break the spell. Read full book review >

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SAINT MAYBE by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Less accessible than some of Tyler's others, but on its own terms, perfection."
Many of Tyler's principals, introverted, removed, plod around the perimeters of self like patient dray horses, so it's no surprise that her saint here—a Baltimore teen convinced that he caused not only his brother's death but the dire consequences that followed shortly after—is a deliberate and careful saint, laboring conscientiously on the narrow, plainly marked path of a fundamentalist Christian church toward expiation. Read full book review >