It seems odd that the coming-of-age novel should still largely be confined to that time of life when youth passes into adulthood, when, for so many of us, the really interesting
My beloved grandmother introduced me to Anne Tyler. Today, on my shelves, Tyler remains my most trusted literary companion.
In 1986, Anne Tyler wrote an appreciation in this newspaper of one of her favorite childhood books, “The Little House,” by Virginia Lee Burton.
It’s a mistake to think Anne Tyler’s novels are sweet or gentle.
There’s no disputing Anne Tyler’s talents: she’s the author of a host of bestselling novels; is considered one of, if not the pre-eminent chronicler of American domestic life; a
Willa Drake’s second husband calls her ‘little one’, even though she is over 60 and the mother of two grown boys.
If you want to understand the everyday life of Americans, read Anne Tyler. She’s the queen of the porch-swing novel.
Family is the way some of us understand the world. Not the self, not society – but the little malleable confederation that lies between the two.
A third of a century or so ago, Anne Tyler pulled off something extraordinary: She published four splendid novels—graceful, funny, powerfully moving novels—in a row.
Something very strange takes place early in Anne Tyler’s new novel, “Clock Dance.” A college student named Willa is flying home with her boyfriend when suddenly the man sitting