Back when we were grownups

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Penguin Canada, 2003 - Fiction - 309 pages
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, but after the ending, was disappointed that I had spent so much time with with a group of people who were almost all unpleasant or unhappy. Read full review

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It's been a while since I've read Anne Tyler, and this book reminds me of why I like her. Small stories of everyday people, told well, with sympathy, but without the condescension that many authors have about characters not from the educated middle-class. 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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