A patchwork planet

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Vintage, 1999 - Fiction - 287 pages
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Barnaby Gaitlin is a loser - just short of thirty he's the black sheep of a philanthropic Baltimore family. Once upon a time he had a home, a loving wife, a little family of his own; now he has an ex-wife, a 9-year old daughter with attitude, a Corvette Sting Ray that's a collector's item but unreliable, and he works as hired muscle for Rent -a-Back, doing heavy chores for old folks. He has an almost patholo-gical curiosity about other people's lives, which has got him into serious trouble in the past, and a hopeless charm which attracts the kind of angelic woman who wants to save him from himself. Tyler's observation is more acute, more delicious than ever; her humour slyer and more irresistible; her characters so vividly realised that you feel you've known this quirky collection for ever. With perfect pitch and poise, humour and humanity, Anne Tyler chronicles, better than any writer today, the sublime and the ridiculous of everyday living, the foibles and frailties of the ordinary human heart.

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User Review  - Uthpala Dassanayake - Goodreads

A Patchwork Planet is another nice piece of work by Anne Tyler. I love the way she shift a character slightly away from norm and build the story around that to reveal true feelings and behaviors we ... Read full review

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User Review  - Courtney Chase - Goodreads

Wasn't overly impressed with the plot (or lack thereof) and the language was just... Overly simple, I guess? Couldn't tell if it's poorly written or if it was intentionally 'dumbed down' because the ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Novelist and short story writer Anne Tyler was born in Minnesota, grew up in North Carolina, and was educated at Duke University. Since 1965 she has lived in Baltimore, the setting for much of her work. With wry humor and sympathy, Tyler writes about the ambivalence of family relations, focusing on ordinary characters, most of whom live in Baltimore or in small Southern towns. Her concerns are with the human need to belong and to be loved, the necessity of making imperfect choices, and the acceptance of mortality. Beginning with her ninth novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982), which won the PEN Faulkner Award, Tyler has gained the wider audience she deserves. This novel shows Tyler's development as a writer: here, she is able to delineate family tensions over several generations. Tyler's feel for the oddities of families and the strange configurations of which they are made comes through vividly in The Accidental Tourist (1985). In 1988 She won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Breathing Lessons. Her latest novel is entitled, Noah's Compass. Tyler lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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