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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Tyler's eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore. From the Paperback edition.
"TO READ A NOVEL BY ANNE TYLER IS TO FALL IN LOVE." --People "Anne Tyler is a wise and perceptive writer with a warm understanding of human foible." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch "All of Tyler's novels are wonderful." --Newsweek "One of the most beguiling and mesmerizing writers in America." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer "Not merely good . . . She is wickedly good!" --John Updike "A novelist who knows what a proper story is . . . A very funny writer. . . Not only a good and artful writer, but a wise one as well." --Newsweek "Tyler's characters have character: quirks, odd angles of vision, colorful mean streaks and harmonic longings." --Time "Her people are triumphantly alive." --The New York Times "Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place." --Newsweek From the Paperback edition.