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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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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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 >

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DINNER AT THE HOMESICK RESTAURANT by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 26, 1982

"Less magical, perhaps, than other Tylers—but her vision of saving interdependencies and time's witchiness continues to tease and enchant."
Another of Tyler's family portraits: again she draws forth that elusive aura of redemptive family unity—despite snapped loyalties, devastating loneliness, and the conflicts between those who hit life hard and those who "live life at a slant." Read full book review >

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CELESTIAL NAVIGATION by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1973

"But her decaying hermitages still stimulate and entrap."
Miss Tyler's family webs which vibrate with the slightest whisper usually take place in crumbling frame houses, all with that faint sweet odor of failure, roaches and dusty vestibules. 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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BEST OF THE SOUTH, VOLUME II by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2005

"An unblinking look at regional ills and richness that suffers from a dearth of African-American voices."
Culled from successive annual collections of New Stories from the South, these strong selections by novelist Anne Tyler stretch from 1996 to 2005. 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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THE BEGINNER'S GOODBYE by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2012

"An uncharacteristically slight work by a major novelist."
Though the plot finds a man in early middle age coming to terms with the death of his wife, the tone of this whimsical fable is so light that it practically floats off the page. 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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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 >