Saint Maybe

Saint Maybe

by Anne Tyler


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Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

New York Times Bestseller

“Captivating. . . . Compelling. . . . There is a kind of magic at work in this novel.” —The Washington Post Book World

Ian Bedloe is the ideal teenage son, leading a cheery, apple-pie life with his family in Baltimore. That is, until a careless and vicious rumor leads to a devastating tragedy. Imploding from guilt, Ian believes he is the one responsible for the tragedy. No longer a star athlete with a bright future, and desperately searching for salvation, he stumbles across a storefront with a neon sign that simply reads: CHURCH OF THE SECOND CHANCE.

Ian has always viewed his penance as a burden. But through the power of faith and the love of family, he begins to view it as a gift. After years spent trying to atone for his foolish mistakes, Ian finds forgiveness and peace in the life he builds for himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449911600
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/11/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 158,114
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ANNE TYLER is the author of more than twenty novels. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She 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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Saint Maybe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Tyler's novel Saint Maybe was very well written. It is one of those books that I just couldn't put down and that any reader could almost always learn something from. I thought the most effective part of the story was Tyler's use of her character Ian, whom she follows through each step in his life and shows exactly how the tragedies in his life changed his outlook. Tyler made him do soul searching, and at the end of the book after showing him working through his problems, she shows his growth and the product of his effort to forgive himself for the tragedies that he endured. The children in this story were also a key part of the story, I liked them, because I felt like they were written with a lot of realistic traits. Unlike a lot of books Tyler seemed to give these children respect even though they weren't quite adults. She treated them like equals on the same level as the other characters in the novel. I also was able to relate to the beginning of the story because of the way Tyler created the picture of an apple pie All-American family. I was really drawn into Saint Maybe because all the elements of a great book were there: an interesting plot, multi dimensional characters, and an easy to relate to theme.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a high schooler were this book was given as an assignment and I go without saying this is the best book i have read in a long time. It reads so well mixing humor and life together. It tells of a real story that can happen to anyone and of the obstacles we all face at some point in our life. If you want to read a true life book you have to read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordianary book! Anne Tyler is a great writer and I highly recommed it to other readers and other fans of this author.
Octlow More than 1 year ago
Saint Maybe; The author is Anne Tyler and she is a little quirky, not wrong but somewhat different. Her writing here reflects an extremely bright mind with the ability to take a simple premise and develop a story with depth and character. The story opens with Ian Bledsoe, a 19 year old boy who is about ready to start college, Ian’s brother Danny who is going to get married soon to women he just met, a mother who believes everything is just wonderful, and a father who is more utilitarian than accepted as a part of the family. The writer then takes us thru the next 25 years of this family’s life and the sorrow of one man, Ian, lives in. The book develops how people change our lives, some for the better, some with pain, but very little personal joy is conveyed to one another.
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jlmMN More than 1 year ago
IMHO I wouldn't spend the money to purchase this book. Even if I start a book I'll finish it hopeing it will get better. In this case it didn't
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book at least once in their lifetime!!! Its amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is absolutely amazing. The way Anne Tyler writes is ingeneous. She touched me with her book, and at some points I even cried. There are no words to explain what I felt while reading this.....Great work Anne!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautiful book, and is one of my all time favorite of Tylers' work. It is written in that same Tylers' style (funny, witty, and down to earth), and I think (this novel) has more heart than her others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ian Bedloe, angry at an irresponsible sister-in-law, mistakenly tells his brother that his wife has been unfaithful, driving the brother to a suicidal car wreck, leading to the suicide of his sister-in-law. At the Church of the Second Chance he learns that he must abandon his promising career at the university and a compliant girlfriend to undergo the penance of raising the brother's children. His salvation comes from a vigorous young woman whose profession is helping people rid their homes--and, as it turns out, lives--of junk. But he does not achieve this grace until he has secured the children in their future. We learn that we do not walk away from things.