Anne Tyler | “I wish I could say that each novel I like better and better but it hasn't worked out that way”

Anne Tyler | “I wish I could say that each novel I like better and better but it hasn't worked out that way”

It is unlikely that any author beginning their career now will enjoy the same longevity as Anne Tyler; 2015 marks her 50th year as an author with the same publisher both in the UK (Chatto & Windus), and in the US (Alfred A Knopf).

Over her 50-year career Tyler has won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, (her 11th novel) and garnered glowing praise from fellow authors including her peer John Updike—who in an early review opined that “Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good”—and, more recently, Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby.  

Tyler’s milieu is family life in middle-class America...

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