A Slipping-down Life

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Random House Publishing Group, 2004 - Fiction - 186 pages
23 Reviews
Evie Decker is a shy, slightly plump teenager with a distant father and hours and hours of silence to fill. Then one night she hears local rock singer Drumstrings Casey on the radio—and becomes instantly attracted to his cool, motionless voice. Evie learns that Drumstrings frequently plays at a dingy roadhouse called The Unicorn. So she goes there and, with an uncharacteristically bold gesture, bursts out of her lonely shell—and into the attentive gaze of an intangible man who becomes all too real. . . .

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User Review  - Alora - Goodreads

Don't waste your time. The book has no plot and the characters have no personalities. It is depressing and the ending is depressing. One of the most pointless books I've ever read. The only reason I finished it was for my book discussion. Read full review

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User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

I am a big Anne Tyler fan, but this was one book I could not get into. I didn't like most of the characters and could not sympathize with them. The plot was weak and the story went on and on. Read full review


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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Tyler's eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore.

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