Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times & Guardian *** As read on Radio 4 *** ''You can''t get around Kate Battista as easily as all that'' Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she''s always in trouble at work - her pre-school charges adore her, but the adults don''t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There''s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr... When Dr Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he''s relying - as usual - on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he''s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men''s touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler''s retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. The answer is as individual, off-beat and funny as Kate herself. ''I loved Kate and Pyotr and the way they discover the oversized, tender, irreverent relationship that fits them... It is joyful'' Rachel Joyce ''Read her books and she can actually change your view, change how you see the world'' Judy Finigan, Mail on Sunday ''Tyler writes with an apparent effortlessness which conceals great art'' Helen Dunmore, Stylist ''Tyler''s sentences are wholly hers, instantly recognisable and impossible to duplicate'' Hanya Yanigihara, Observer ''A new novel from Tyler is always a treat'' Daily Mail
Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work - his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car - maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning).
The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.
Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others.
Modern fictionMany of the reviews for the hardback of this title suggested that this was Anne Tyler's best novel yet. It is the story of Barnaby Gaitlin, a man who used to have a happy family, but now has an ex-wife, troublesome nine-year-old, an unreliable car, as well as a job doing chores for the elderly. His hopeless charm still attracts the women though... Tyler won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, and The Accidental Tourist was made into a major film.
A novel which has been made into a film starring Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis and William Hurt. How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? Macon's attempts to do so are tragically and comically undone.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PEOPLE AND USA TODAY NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post NPR Chicago Tribune St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Telegraph BookPage An act of literary enchantment . . . [Anne] Tyler remains among the best chroniclers of family life this country has ever produced.-- The Washington Post It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . . . This is how Abby Whitshank always describes the day she fell in love with Red in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate an indefinable kind of specialness, but like all families, their stories reveal only part of the picture: Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Reds parents, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to the grandchildren carrying the Whitshank legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn house that has always been their anchor. Praise for A Spool of Blue Thread Quintessential Anne Tyler, as well as quintessential American comedy . . . [She] has a knack for turning sitcom situations into something far deeper and more moving. -- The New York Times Book Review Well-crafted, utterly absorbing and compelling . . . probably the best novel you will read all year. -- Chicago Tribune By the end of this deeply beguiling novel, we come to know a reality entirely different from the one at the start. -- O: The Oprah Magazine A miracle of sorts . . . tender, touching and funny . . . [an] understated masterpiece. --Associated Press Vintage Anne Tyler . . . [The Whitshanks are] rendered with such immediacy and texture that they might be our next-door neighbors. -- Los Angeles Times Magic . . . You imagine these characters carrying on, muddling through, enduring the necessary sorrows and quiet joys of their lives somewhere beyond the page. --The Seattle Times The sort of novel thats hard to disentangle yourself from. Warm, charming and emotionally radiant, it surely must be counted as among Tylers best. -- The Miami Herald Exploring [the] dichotomy--the imperfections that reside within a polished exterior--is Tylers specialty, and her latest generation-spanning work accomplishes just that, masterfully and monumentally. -- Elle Among her finest . . . Theres no novelist today who writes more insightfully (and often humorously) than Tyler does about the fictions and frictions of family life. -- The Baltimore Sun Deeply moving . . . Tylers innate sense of warmth and good humor permeates the novel. -- The Dallas Morning News The story of any family is told through the prism of time. And no storyteller compares to Tyler when it comes to unspooling those tales. -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Modern fictionA multi-layered novel spanning three generations from this hugely talented author, her first in three years. A superb evocation of America at the start of World War II. "A brilliant writer of emotionally sophisticated novels, funny, tragic, wise" Lynne Truss, Independent
One day, during a family seaside holiday, something which has already begun to fray quietly snaps. Delia simply walks off the beach, away from her husband, Sam, and her three almost grown-up children. In a nearby town, she reinvents herself as a serious and independent-minded woman without ties.
The meeting of Macon Leary, a travel-hater who makes a living writing travel guides called "The Accidental Tourist in...," and frizzy-haired, nonstop talker Muriel sets off an unexpected chain of events
Michael and Pauline seemed like the perfect couple - young, good-looking, made for each other. The moment Pauline walked into his mother's grocery store in Baltimore, Michael was smitten. And in the fervour of World War II, they were hastily wed. But their marriage should never have taken place.
When Dorothy came back from the dead, Aaron noticed that some people simply ignored the fact; some seemed to have forgotten she'd died in the first place; and, others just walked straight on by. The accident that killed Dorothy - involving an oak tree, a sun porch and some elusive biscuits - leaves Aaron bereft and the house a wreck.
Packed with hilarious moments and toe-curling misunderstandings, this novel is about belonging and otherness, about insiders and outsiders, pride and prejudice, young love and unexpected old love, families and the impossibility of ever getting it right, and about striving for connection and goodness against all the odds.
How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? With the loss of his son, the departure of his wife and the arrival of Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic, Macon's attempts at ordinary life are tragically and comically undone.