In what is perhaps her richest and most deeply searching novel, Anne Tyler gives us a story about what it is to be an American, and about Maryam Yazdan, who after thirty-five years in this country must finally come to terms with her 'outsiderness.'
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"Tyler encompasses the collision of cultures without losing her sharp focus on the daily dramas of modern family life in her 17th novel." - PW
"A touching, well-crafted tale of friendship, families, and what it means to be an American." - Library Journal.
"Vintage Tyler, with enough fresh, new touches to earn her the next generation of fans." - Kirkus.
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Anne Tyler's 50 Year Writing Career
In March 2013, Anne Tyler announced the title of her upcoming novel in an interview with the BBC. She also noted that she didn't want to finish another novel - not even this one. She described the book as a "sprawling family saga," which starts with the present generation and then moves back, one generation at a time. Fortunately, she realized she was only interested in three generations. Before this revelation, she figured A Spool of Blue Thread could go on long enough that she might die before its publication! That way she wouldn't have the hassle of the editing, polishing, promoting and worrying if the book was any good or not.
This sounds like the pressure of thinking up something new and original, combined with her obvious penchant for ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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