To many readers, Ann Beattie was the diarist for a whole cross-section of American society. Wryly chronicling the confusion and disillusionment of a generation stuck with the free-love era's hangover, the prolific short story writer and novelist set the tone for coming of age in the '70s and after.
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Maine and Key West, Florida
Date of Birth:
September 8, 1947
Place of Birth:
B.A., American University, 1969; M.A., University of Connecticut, 1970
|Updike on Beattie|
|In The New Yorker, John Updike wrote, "Miss Beattie's power and influence... arise from here seemingly restless immersion in the stoic bewilderment of a generation without a cause."|
|False Start||T. Coraghessan Boyle Recommends ...|
Ann Beattie, Marty Asher
Beattie had to start again from scratch on Another You after deciding that the first 350 pages she had written of it were not compelling enough. The result -- an account of a marriage in crisis, thrown into further tumult by a friend -- was called Beattie's "best book to date" by The Washington Post.
Beattie's best-selling portrait of a broken family, her fourth novel, earned this praise from Boyle: "Her style has never been better suited to a longer work, and she writes out of a wisdom and maturity that are timeless."