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Anne Tyler

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Anne Tyler is the author of twenty bestselling novels. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and 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. A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler's New York Times bestselling twentieth novel, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize; her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Series contributed to
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1983) : Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1983) : Dinner At the Homesick Restaurant
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1986) : The Accidental Tourist
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1988) : Breathing Lessons
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1989) : Breathing Lessons
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (1996) : Ladder of Years
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2007) : Digging to America
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2015) : A Spool of Blue Thread
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2015) : A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler recommends
In a Summer Season (1961)
Elizabeth Taylor
"Jane Austen, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Elizabth Bowen - soul sisters all."
It Happened in Boston? (1968)
Russell H Greenan
"Apart from its originality and complexity, it has that most exhilarating of qualities: the power to reawaken our sense of life's possibilities."
Foreigner (1978)
Nahid Rachlin
"A rare intimate look at Iranians... I have read [this book] four times by now, and each time I have discovered new layers in it."
Picture Palace (1978)
Paul Theroux
"Vibrant and compelling...Paul Theroux at his satirical best."
Adjacent Lives (1978)
Ellen Schwamm
"Compelling... unforgettable... a delight... when you finish it you feel enriched and satisfied."
A Transit of Venus (1980)
Shirley Hazzard
"A wonderfully mysterious book ... Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich."
When Your Lover Leaves (1981)
Susan Trott
"I loved the heroine - her humor and her courage and her genuine goodness - and I very much admire Susan Trott for bringing her to life."
The Art of Living (1981)
John Gardner
"These are miracles of stories--fully realized, far reaching, greater than the sum of their parts."
Praise Song for the Widow (1983)
Paule Marshall and Erica Vital-Lazare
"Astonishingly moving."
Collaborators (1986)
(Flesh Made Word, book 1)
Janet Kauffman
"...her story is so important, so painful and so deeply satisfying."
Civil to Strangers (1987)
Barbara Pym
"Barbara Pym is the rarest of creatures, she reminds us of the heartbreaking silliness of everyday life."
Selected Stories (1988)
Andre Dubus
"Stunning... a fine, deeply rewarding collection from one of this country's ablest writers."
Lewis Percy (1989)
Anita Brookner
"May be [Brookner's] most finely wraught novel... A brilliant portrait gallery."
My House in Umbria (2003)
William Trevor
"[My House in Umbria] reminds you what good reading is all about."
The Sleeping Father (2003)
Matthew Sharpe
"Fresh, funny, quirky."

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