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"Tyler is steadily raising a body of fiction of major dimensions."

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Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. And it is then that Jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jaremy to look her in ...

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Overview

"Tyler is steadily raising a body of fiction of major dimensions."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. And it is then that Jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jaremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn—especially when he's falling in love....

"To read Anne Tyler is to fall in love." (People). The Pultizer Prize-winning author of Saint Maybe and Breathing Lessons offers the beloved story of a man whose contented life in his rundown house in Baltimore is shaken to its core, after his sister moves in with him and his boarder starts bringing home babies. Previous publisher: Avon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425070130
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/1984
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Anne Tyler has made a glorious career of telling the often less-than glorious stories of small-town people enduring life’s every day ups and downs. Having come of age in rural Raleigh, North Carolina, the enigmatic Tyler draws upon her background to fashion tales of the South that are quirky, humorous, and insightful.

Biography

Anne Tyler has had a very active imagination all her life. When she was a young girl, she would spend an hour or two after being put to bed every night fantasizing that she was a doctor. She imagined conversations with patients, and pictured their lives as she did so, considering both their illnesses and the intricacies of their backgrounds. She constructed little mental plays around these characters that she would whisper to herself in the dark -- much to the chagrin of her brother, with whom she shared a room. "[H]e used to call out to our parents, ‘Anne's whispering again!'" she once told Barnes & Noble.com. As much as she may have vexed her brother, she also believes that these fantasies helped her to develop into the beloved, award-winning novelist she is today.

Tyler's work is characterized by a meticulous attention to detail, a genuine love of her characters, and a quirky sense of humor. Her public persona is characterized by its own quirks, as well. She refuses to grant face-to-face interviews. She has never publicly read from any of her books. She does not do book signings or tours. All of this has lent a certain mystique to her novels, although Tyler has said that her reluctance to become a public figure status is actually the result of simple shyness, not to mention her desire for her writing to speak for itself. Fortunately, Anne Tyler's work speaks with a clear, fully-realized voice that does not require unnecessary elucidation by the writer.

Tyler published her first novel If Morning Ever Comes in 1964, and that singular voice was already in place. This astute debut that tracks the self-realization of a young man named Ben Joe Hawkins displayed Tyler's characteristic wit and gentle eccentricity right off the bat. Harper's declared the novel "a triumph," and Tyler was on her way to creating an impressive catalog of novels chronicling the every day hopes, fears, dreams, failures, and victories of small-town Americans. Having come of age, herself, in rural North Carolina, Tyler had particular insight into the lives of her characters. Each novel was a little shimmering gem, winning her a devoted following and public accolades that more than compensated for her refusal to appear in public. Her novel Earthly Possessions, the story of a housewife who is taken hostage by a young man during a bank robbery, was released the same year she won an award for "literary excellence and promise of important work to come" from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The book also went on to become a television movie starring Susan Sarandon and Stephen Dorff in 1999.

However, the most well-known adaptation of one of Tyler's novels arrived more than a decade earlier when The Accidental Tourist was made into an Academy Award winning film starring Geena Davis and William Hurt. Consequently, The Accidental Tourist is viewed by some as Tyler's signature novel, covering many of the writer's favorite themes: the push and pull of marriage, the appearance of a romantic eccentric, personal tragedy, and the quest to escape from the drudgery of routine. The Accidental Tourist won the National Book Critics Circle Award and hit number one on The New York Times Bestseller list.

Three years later, Tyler received the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, which further explored themes of marriage and self-examination. Despite having won the prestigious Pulitzer, Tyler still refused to allow herself to be drawn into the spotlight. Quietly, contemplatively, she chose to continue publishing a sequence of uniformly fine novels, including Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, and The Amateur Marriage.

Anne Tyler's novel Digging to America reexamines many of her chief obsessions, while also possibly drawing upon a personal triumph -- her marriage to Iranian psychiatrist and novelist Taghi Mohammad Modarressi -- and the tragedy of his death in 1997. Digging to America follows the relationship between two families, the Iranian Yazdans and the all-American Donaldsons, as they become closer and closer and affect each other deeper and deeper over a succession of years. Digging to America is arguably Tyler's deepest and most profound work to date. It also delivers more of her peculiar brand of humor, which will surely please her longtime fans, thrilled that she continues spinning tales with the trademark attention to character that has distinguished her stories ever since she was a little girl, whispering to herself in the dark. Tyler may have decided to remain in the dark and out of the public eye, but the stories she has to tell have shed more than their share of light on the lives of her readers.

Good To Know

Tyler first began writing stories at the innocent age of seven. At the time, most of her yarns involved, as she has said, "lucky, lucky girls who got to go west in covered wagons."

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    1. Hometown:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 25, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Duke University, 1961

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Linda Lavid, author of RENTED ROOMS

    Celestial Navigations is a classic Anne Tyler book. Disenfranchised, engaging protagonists overcome the odds and figure their way in the world. Tyler's work never fails. It's always moving, thought-provoking and a celebration of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    Welcome to Camp Half Blood

    Hey guys,welcome to camp! My name is Exosyth but call me Henry. There are some rules to this rp. 1.No smoking(: 2. If someone is killed we will have a big coffin burning instead of war games or campfire. Thats it! If you get lost the map will be at res 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Fairy tail fighting area

    1,DONT FIGHT IN THE GUILD HALL NASTUE AND GREY 2, THIS IS NOT CAMP HALFBLOOD TERRITORY ALL WHO DONT RP FOR FAIRY TAIL WILL FACE A PUNISHMENT 3, PLEAWE JOIN FAIRY TAIL LOCATIONS MAY VARY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Leafstar to Jetstar

    Uuuuummmmmm.... My clan only has one cat that is active. Can u help me make my clan active?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Lunastar to Jetstar

    "I'm another Lunastar, l can change my name, Bluestar."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Lunastar

    Right. Ill wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Sky to Lunastar

    Alliance I think

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Outpaw

    [Post] Pads in, seeing a bird. She drops low.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    ~Celestial Wings~ -prologue-

    By Krazycatgirl~~ Frost bit the edges of her wings in the still, unwelcoming wind. She fluffed up her chest feathers. It was time to go back to The Great Nest now. Preparing herself for flight, she opened her wings that were thw length of a weasel side to side, and with a lithe explosion, she was gliding soundlessly through the winter air. Soon the sounds of camp swept through her head, disturbing the silent north wind. She let a churr of euphoria as her mate Zeannal welcome her with a warm chatter. "Hey Frost!"said Zeannal. Scanning the camp, she noticed Frala, her sister, was pacing angrily about the Egg-nest. Worried, Frost fluttered over. "Whats wrong?" Frost questione over the raged mumbles. "That cat-chick of yours has disappeared again!"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2001

    This is Not an astronomy book

    All the other books purchased by those who purchased Celestial Navigation from this Barnes & Noble website appear to be Astronomy books. This book might have been purchased by mistake due to the title. Read this book to discover the triumph of a dependent woman discovering her own strength and the joy of self-reliance. Read this book to watch the unfortunate unraveling of a mutally loving relationship that is inescapably lost as two dependent people make every effort to get on.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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