Search Results: "Anne Tyler"


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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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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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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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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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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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A SLIPPING-DOWN LIFE by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1970

"Lacking some of the delicacy of her earlier novels, perhaps, but Miss Tyler still exhibits a major talent, and this has a bleak, raw power."
Miss Tyler's landscapes of old houses, family gatherings have flattened, and stretched into an arid plain, and the interior and guarded loneliness of individuals becomes as abstracted as desert heat—shattering, heartbreaking, final. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 1985

"Tone-perfect, and probably her best to date."
How do "impossible" couples evolve? Read full book review >

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VINEGAR GIRL by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Neither a faithful retelling nor a trenchant countertale, though agreeable enough as an afternoon's entertainment."
As her contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare project, Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread, 2015, etc.) takes on the thankless task of modernizing The Taming of the Shrew.Read full book review >

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BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2001

"Packed with life in all its humdrum complexity—and funny, so funny, the kind that compels reading aloud. A masterful effort from one of our very best."
The Family Davitch—dazzling and daunting, dismal and dysfunctional—arrives in Tyler's delicious l5th novel (A Patchwork Planet, 1998, etc.). 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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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 >