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Anne Tyler

Author of The Accidental Tourist

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About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 25, 1941. She graduated from Duke University at the age of 19 and completed graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian and bibliographer. Her first novel, If Morning show more Ever Comes, was published in 1964. Her other works include Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, Digging to America, Noah's Compass, The Beginner's Goodbye, A Spool of Blue Thread, and Vinegar Girl. She has won several awards including the PEN Faulkner Award in 1983 for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Accidental Tourist, and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons. The Accidental Tourist was adapted into a 1988 movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis. In 2018 her title, Clock Dance, made the bestsellers list. (Bowker Author Biography) Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. "Back When We Were Grownups" is her 15th novel; her 11th, "Breathing Lessons", won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Works by Anne Tyler

The Accidental Tourist (1985) 5,424 copies, 98 reviews
Breathing Lessons (1988) 4,274 copies, 73 reviews
Back When We Were Grownups (2001) 3,685 copies, 64 reviews
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982) 3,671 copies, 86 reviews
Digging to America (2006) 3,632 copies, 140 reviews
A Spool of Blue Thread (2015) 3,122 copies, 207 reviews
Ladder of Years (1995) 3,099 copies, 59 reviews
The Amateur Marriage (2004) 3,059 copies, 76 reviews
Saint Maybe (1991) 2,820 copies, 41 reviews
A Patchwork Planet (1998) 2,601 copies, 53 reviews
Vinegar Girl (2016) 1,734 copies, 223 reviews
Noah's Compass (2009) 1,693 copies, 92 reviews
The Beginner's Goodbye (2012) 1,311 copies, 98 reviews
Clock Dance (2018) 1,286 copies, 83 reviews
Redhead by the Side of the Road (2020) 1,222 copies, 93 reviews
Celestial Navigation (1974) 957 copies, 21 reviews
French Braid (2022) 955 copies, 60 reviews
Searching for Caleb (1975) 943 copies, 19 reviews
Earthly Possessions (1977) 916 copies, 22 reviews
Morgan's Passing (1980) 884 copies, 21 reviews
The Clock Winder (1972) 864 copies, 21 reviews
If Morning Ever Comes (1964) 802 copies, 18 reviews
A Slipping-Down Life (1970) 743 copies, 10 reviews
The Tin Can Tree (1965) 619 copies, 19 reviews
Tumble Tower (1993) 90 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (1983) — Editor — 73 copies
Best of the South: From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South (2005) — Selected and Introduced by — 47 copies
Timothy Tugbottom Says No! (2005) 24 copies
My Fish Does Not Chirp (1996) 24 copies
Teenage Wasteland (A Vintage Short) (2020) 8 copies, 1 review
Selected from the Accidental Tourist (1991) — Author — 6 copies
Saint Maybe [1998 TV movie] (1998) — Author — 3 copies
Your Place is Empty (1992) 2 copies
Il tuo posto è vuoto: E altri racconti (2012) 2 copies, 1 review
Amatör Evlilik (2006) 2 copies
Sirke Kiz (2018) 1 copy
Sankt Muligvis (1995) 1 copy
Nos tendres cruautés (2023) 1 copy
La danse du temps (2020) 1 copy
Cuesta abajo (1991) 1 copy
Lugares de Passagem (1992) 1 copy

Associated Works

We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contributor — 197 copies, 1 review
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contributor — 163 copies, 3 reviews
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 120 copies
Granta 118: Exit Strategies (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies, 2 reviews
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Contributor — 46 copies
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contributor — 40 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
The Accidental Tourist (abridged|Penguin Readers, level 3) (1999) — Original novel — 20 copies, 2 reviews


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I was excited about this retelling of one of William Shakespeare's works, but sadly I rate it as a one star. There wasn't anything compelling or whimsical about the romance or the characters. In retrospect, the characters, the story, and the romance were annoying. The only reason I rushed reading it is to stop myself from getting further irritated.
Headinherbooks_27 | 222 other reviews | May 31, 2024 |
While I was familiar with The Austen Project, I had no idea Shakespeare's works were getting a modern touch until I came across Vinegar Girl (Anne Tyler's take on "The Taming of the Shrew")

A quick look on GoodReads shows the general consensus is that the book is pretty good, but not great. I'll go out on a limb and say I really enjoyed it! Not sure it resonated because this is my first Anne Tyler (gasp!), because I can have some shrew-like tendencies myself, or because the book I read just prior to this one was so bad that anything was bound to look good in comparison.

Tyler has crafted a humorous novel that honors the original story, while creating adapted characters that are unique in their own way. I particularly enjoyed the character Pyotr, and found him to be reminiscent of Don Tillman in [b:The Rosie Project|16181775|The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)|Graeme Simsion|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1371651741s/16181775.jpg|22084678] (a book I loved).

The entire book itself is like a romantic comedy, which means it's not at all realistic and some plot points are pretty far-fetched. The reader just has to accept this and go along for the entertaining ride (if this kind of stuff drives you crazy, this isn't the book for you).

4 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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jj24 | 222 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
typical Anne Tyler (which is never a bad thing)... two families adopt Korean babies... one archetypically American, the other Iranian-American... good look at what it means to be an American and a nice romance
mjspear | 139 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
I really, really enjoyed this book. I had the advantage of never having read any of Anne Tyler's other books, so I was able to enjoy it without comparing to her previous work. My understanding is that if you're an Anne Tyler fan, this book will be somewhat of a disappointment.

I liked her characters. Kate was - well, she was a shrew. I mean, the book is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, so of course Kate is a shrew. But bit by bit Tyler reveals why she's a shrew and within a few chapters I was totally embracing her shrewishness. And Pyotr is such an endearing, bumbling character, I liked him from the beginning.

This would make a great RomCom movie.
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milbourt | 222 other reviews | May 11, 2024 |


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