"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 robbery--and soon the two are heading south into an unknown future, and a most unexpected fate....
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:October 25, 1941
Place of Birth:Minneapolis, Minnesota
Education:B.A., Duke University, 1961
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.