Earthly Possessions

Earthly Possessions

by Anne Tyler

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Overview

"To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love."

PEOPLE

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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449911815
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/11/1996
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 279,649
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of many novels, including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, Noah’s Compass, and A Spool of Blue Thread. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Tyler lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hometown:

Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1941

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education:

B.A., Duke University, 1961

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Earthly Possessions 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
autumnc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a remarkable start, and Anne Tyler has a fantastic way of moving a story forward. I really enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed how the main protagonist reflected on her life throughout the novel, and the opening sentence really grabbed me!But the end- so complacent! Typical! Do we want our character to learn something about her life? Or stay in a complacent relationship with people that don't talk to her and just use her? AT wants her character to go back to her old ungratifying life.Well written, funny in the right places, dramatic in the right places, this was a great beach read but if you are hoping to change your life...read something else first."Although I didn't believe in God I could almost change my mind now and imagine one, for who else would play such a joke on me?"
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Emory has decided to leave her husband, and she has gone to the bank to withdraw some money for the trip. She is taken as a hostage by a bungling bank robber. In alternating chapters we follow her essentially humorous adventure with bungling Jake and learn about the depressing life history that had led her to leaving. Charlotte's past is filled with dreary characters, several described quite briefly, and is dominated by her obese and helpless mother. She has tried to withdraw or escape by giving away many possessions, but her husband prevents her from disposing of his mother's old furniture: an interesting metaphor for not being able to escape personal and family history.Overall, this is not one of Ms. Tyler's finer novels, certainly not comparable to Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant or The Accidental Tourist.
jeffome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i must say that Anne Tyler certainly has a knack for creating remarkably quirky characters that are nonetheless lovable on some level...this is my 3rd tyler book....Searching for Caleb & The Clock Winder also had unusual folks that i never would spend much time with if i encountered them in my life, but i am always intrigued enough to see what happens to them, rooting for them along the way.....i'll probably read others...after all they are already on the shelf!!!
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Tyler's characters are quirky - that's a given. And this is an especially quirky and interesting lot. Although an early book, this is a vintage Tyler plot - the woman who needs to run away from home.Thirty-five-year-old Charlotte is in the process of leaving her family - again - when she is taken hostage by the world's most ineffectual bank robber. The two flee by bus to liberate the robber's girl friend from a home for unwed mothers, and in the process we learn Charlotte's story.It's an early Tyler and the characters are a bit over-the-top, but nevertheless worth reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.