Two families meet at the Baltimore airport while waiting for their baby girls to arrive from Korea. When bitsy's recently widowed father sets his sights on Maryam, she must confront her own idea of what it means to be other, and of who she is and what she values. New york times bestseller rich, and searching, tender, Digging to America challenges the notion that home is a fixed place, and celebrates the subtle complexities of life on all sides of the American experience.
Earthly PossessionsVintage #ad - To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love. Peoplecharlotte 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.
Back When We Were GrownupsVintage #ad - How she answers it—how she tries to recover her girlhood self, that dignified grownup she had once been—is the story told in this beguiling, funny, and deeply moving novel. The woman is rebecca Davitch, a fifty-three-year-old grandmother. As always with anne tyler’s novels, once we enter her world it is hard to leave.
Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered that she had turned into the wrong person. So anne tyler opens this irresistible new novel. Now, some thirty years later, after presiding over a disastrous family picnic, Rebecca is caught un-awares by the question of who she really is. What caught his fancy was that she seemed to be having such a wonderful time.
Soon this large-spirited older man, a divorcé with three little girls, swept her into his orbit, and hosting endless parties in the ornate, and before she knew it she was embracing his extended family plus a child of their own, high-ceilinged rooms of The Open Arms. Giving parties is, after all, her vocation—something she slipped into even before finishing college, when Joe Davitch spotted her at an engagement party in his family’s crumbling nineteenth-century Baltimore row house, where giving parties was the family business.
Back When We Were Grownups #ad - . Is she an impostor in her own life? she asks herself. Is it indeed her own life? or is it someone else’s? On the surface, joyous, is outgoing, Beck, as she is known to the Davitch clan, a natural celebrator. But in back when we were grownups she so sharpens our perceptions and awakens so many untapped feelings that we come away not only refreshed and delighted, but also infinitely wiser.
The Beginner's GoodbyeVintage #ad - . With sparkling prose. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Gradually, aaron discovers that maybe for this beginner there is indeed a way to say goodbye. Like a modern jane austen, Tyler creates small worlds depicting the intimate bonds of friendship and family.
Usa today “an absolute charmer of a novel. Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron grew up fending off a sister who constantly wanted to manage him. Anne tyler gets at the beating heart of what it means to lose someone, to say goodbye. The boston globe “Classic Tyler. Aaron works at his family’s vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life.
The Beginner's Goodbye #ad - By the exquisitely romantic emotional climax an ordinary life has bloomed into an opera. Entertainment Weekly. Only dorothy’s unexpected appearances from the dead—in their house, on the roadway, in the market—help him to live in the moment and to find some peace. The wonder of anne tyler is how consistently clear-eyed and truthful she remains about the nature of families and especially marriage.
Searching for CalebVintage #ad - Maybe that’s why caleb peck took off with his violincello as a boy? Sixty years later, his brother Daniel is still wondering. With daniel’s help, she’s hoping to find the courage to embrace whatever happens next. Adamantly middle class—peck-proud, as the family slogan goes—they are quick to sweep under the rug those members who do not live up to their standards.
Searching for Caleb #ad - . Magic and true, dazzling and wise. It has an astounding confidence, depth and range. A wonderful, wonderful novel. The boston globe through the syncopated rhythms of the ragtime era to the thumping, rocking beats of the 1970s, generations of Pecks have maintained a determined steadiness. An unlikely pair struggling against a stifling family, music, Daniel and Justine believe they’ll find freedom in just the right mix of magic, and mystery.
A studied tarot card reader, Justine comes across one message over and over in the cards: change is coming. No longer willing to live without answers, Justine, he turns to his daughter-in-law, another Peck family eccentric.
The Amateur MarriageVintage #ad - In time their foolish quarrels take their toll. Flighty pauline clings to the notion that the rifts can always be patched. From the inimitable anne tyler, a rich and compelling novel about a mismatched marriage—and its consequences, spanning three generations. Pauline, impulsive, plodding, impractical, judgmental, cautious, tumbles hit-or-miss through life; Michael, proceeds deliberately.
To the unyielding Michael, they become unbearable. Even when they find themselves, instant parents to a little grandson named Pagan, whom they rescue from Haight-Ashbury, loving, almost thirty years later, they still cannot bridge their deep-rooted differences. Throughout, we are drawn ever more fully into the complex entanglements of family life in this wise, as each of the competing voices bears witness, embracing, and deeply perceptive novel.
The Amateur Marriage #ad - The moment pauline, a stranger to the polish eastern Avenue neighborhood of Baltimore though she lived only twenty minutes away, walked into his mother’s grocery store, Michael was smitten. But they never should have married. While other young marrieds, equally ignorant at the start, seemed to grow more seasoned, Pauline and Michael remain amateurs.
They seemed like the perfect couple—young, good-looking, made for each other. From the sound of the cash register in the old grocery to the counterculture jargon of the sixties, from the miniskirts to the multilayered apparel of later years, Anne Tyler captures the evocative nuances of everyday life during these decades with such telling precision that every page brings smiles of recognition.
Saint MaybeVintage #ad - 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. That is, until a careless and vicious rumor leads to a devastating tragedy. There is a kind of magic at work in this novel.
Saint Maybe #ad - The washington post book world ian Bedloe is the ideal teenage son, leading a cheery, apple-pie life with his family in Baltimore. Ian has always viewed his penance as a burden. Imploding from guilt, Ian believes he is the one responsible for the tragedy. Compelling. 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. New york times Bestseller “Captivating.
Celestial NavigationVintage #ad - Celestial Navigation #ad - Tyler is steadily raising a body of fiction of major dimensions. The new york timesthirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. And it is then that jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. For jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn--especially when he's falling in love.
. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jaremy to look her in the eye.
If Morning Ever Comes: A NovelVintage #ad - When he learns that one of his sisters has left her husband, he heads for home and back into the confusion of childhood memories and unforseen love. A triumph. Harpersben joe Hawkes is a worrier. Raised by his mother, grandmother, and a flock of busy sisters, he's always felt the outsider.
Ladder of Years: A NovelVintage #ad - As she eagerly sheds the pieces of herself she no longer needs, Delia discovers feelings of passion and wonder she'd long since forgotten. Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation. The headlines are all the same: beloved mother and wife Delia Grinstead was last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing only a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside.
Ladder of Years: A Novel #ad - The thrill of walking away from it all leads to a newfound sense of self and the feeling that she is, finally, the star of her own life story. To the best of her family's knowledge, she has disappeared without a trace. But delia didn't disappear. She ran. Exhausted with her routine and everyone else's plans for her, Delia needed an out, a chance to make a new life for herself and to become a different person.
. The new delia can let go of all the hurt and resentment that left her stuck in her past.