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Anne Tyler

USA flag (1941 - )

Author of 18 novels, born in Minneapolis in 1941, she won a Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, and The Accidental Tourist was made into a major film; she is a member of the American Academy of Art and Letters. She has lived for many years with her family in Baltimore, where her novels are set.


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
Adjacent Lives (1978)
Ellen Schwamm
"Compelling... unforgettable... a delight... when you finish it you feel enriched and satisfied."

Black Mountain Breakdown (1980)
Lee Smith
"I loved this book."
A Transit of Venus
A Transit of Venus (1980)
Shirley Hazzard
"A wonderfully mysterious book ... Both plot and characters are many layered. Unforgettably rich."
When Your Lover Leaves
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
The Art of Living (1981)
John Gardner
"These are miracles of stories--fully realized, far reaching, greater than the sum of their parts."
Praisong for the Widow
Praisong for the Widow (1983)
Paule Marshall
"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
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
My House in Umbria (2003)
William Trevor
"[My House in Umbria] reminds you what good reading is all about."
The Sleeping Father
The Sleeping Father (2003)
Matthew Sharpe
"Fresh, funny, quirky."

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