The beloved writer Anne Tyler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel Breathing Lessons. Over her long career, distinguished by her singular gift for peeling back the layers of family life, she has produced over 20 novels, as well as short stories and criticism. Many of her books are set in her native Baltimore. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her 2015 novel A Spool of Blue Thread was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.
Earthly Possessionsby Anne Tyler
Charlotte Emory has always lived a quiet, conventional life in Clarion, Maryland. She lives as simply as possible, and one day decides to simplify everything and leave her husband. Her last trip to the bank throws Charlotte's life into an entirely different direction when a restless young man in a nylon
"To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love."
Charlotte Emory has always lived a quiet, conventional life in Clarion, Maryland. She lives as simply as possible, and one day decides to simplify everything and leave her husband. Her last trip to the bank throws Charlotte's life into an entirely different direction when a restless young man in a nylon jacket takes her hostage during the robberyand soon the two are heading south into an unknown future, and a most unexpected fate....
Meet the Author
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Date of Birth:
- October 25, 1941
- Place of Birth:
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- B.A., Duke University, 1961
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This is my favorite of her books. I don't even know how many times I've read it. Sometimes I just need to go back and revisit these people, their lives.....I love the hilarity of her descriptions, e.g. her description of Oliver's mother as 'a potato on toothpicks just waitin' for somebody to look down on' and of his car salesman brother-in-law 'wide-faced man with scalloped hair grinnin' and slappin' a fender.' You can just picture the people in her books and feel their oddity and their pain. She can describe how things sound or look or feel perfectly with her words. I would love to be able to write like this.
Anne Tyler's Earthly Possessions is a somber novel about a housewife, Charolette Emory, who lives a life somehow not her own. Recommended for those of us who never quite feel at home anywhere.