A Slipping-Down Lifeby Anne Tyler
Evie Decker is a shy, slightly plump teenager, lonely and silent. But her quiet life is shattered when she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey on the radio and becomes instantly attracted to him. She manages to meet him, bursting out of her lonely shelland into the
"Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place."
Evie Decker is a shy, slightly plump teenager, lonely and silent. But her quiet life is shattered when she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey on the radio and becomes instantly attracted to him. She manages to meet him, bursting out of her lonely shelland into the attentive gaze of the intangible man who becomes all too real....
“Anne Tyler is a wise and perceptive writer with a warm understanding of human foible.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“All of Tyler’s novels are wonderful.”
“One of the most beguiling and mesmerizing writers in America.”
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Not merely good . . . She is wickedly good!”
“A novelist who knows what a proper story is . . . A very funny writer. . . Not only a good and artful writer, but a wise one as well.”
“Tyler’s characters have character: quirks, odd angles of vision, colorful mean streaks and harmonic longings.”
“Her people are triumphantly alive.”
—The New York Times
“Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place.”
- Random House Children's Books
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Meet the Author
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.
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Date of Birth:
- October 25, 1941
- Place of Birth:
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- B.A., Duke University, 1961
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Anne Tylers 'A slipping Down Life' was one of the most interesting novels I have ever read, because not only does it deal with love and regrets, but it also focuses on the struggles that we sometimes must face in our lives. I recommend this book to anyone who loves trial and tribulation, this novel deffinetely leaves you with a sense of questioning and curiosity.
I think deep down we have all been in the shoes of Evie Decker at one point or another. In teenage akwardness, nobody is perfect. A Slipping Down Life reminds us that learning to stand up for yourself is one of the most difficult things to do, yet once the lesson is learned we begin to see things differently...
I have read most of Anne Tyler's books and have enjoyed all of them except this one. Anne is not at 'the top of her game' in writing this novel. The characters have very little depth and words seem to repeat themselves.
The book is interesting although it doesn't really make much sense. Evie and Casey get married which is something a reader would not expect since casey hates Evie. There is no evidence presented to support the fact why Casey decides to get married with Evie all of a sudden. So, it is good enough to pass time I would say. It could have been much better than it is now.
Tyler's characters were so pathetic!!! I did not like this book at all. This is an outragis tale of a teenage life. Evie is a fat outcast. She becomes interested in a local rock singer (Drum) and carves his name in her forehead, for attention. They don't like eachother much, but end up married. They don't have a very good life. The storie never picks up and Evie ends up all alone with a baby on the way. The worst novel I've ever read, I hope her other novels are better than this.
I so can't believe that I would have thought that this novel would be interesting. This is the first book of Anne Tyler that I've read. The writing was not bad, but it did not captivate me whatsoever. I enjoyed the movie alot and thought that the novel would be even cool. Sofar this is the worst book I've read in this year.