Earthly Possessions

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Berkley Books, 1984 - Fiction - 223 pages
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A housewife who thinks her life is going nowhere suddenly gets a lot more adventure than she had bargained for when she's taken hostage during a bank robbery.

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User Review  - Amy Odonnell - Goodreads

Good book. Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Wilt - Goodreads

Funny, poignant, earlier novel by Anne Tyler full of the usual offbeat characters reacting to the burden of living with and loving other humans. Not in Tyler's top ten, I don't think, but still ... Read full review


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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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