Earthly Possessions

Earthly Possessions

by Anne Tyler
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Earthly Possessions by Anne Tyler

"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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785729051
Publisher: San Val
Publication date: 04/28/1993
Product dimensions: 4.08(w) x 7.22(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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.


Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1941

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota


B.A., Duke University, 1961

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Earthly Possessions 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 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.
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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.