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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409022824
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
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A Patchwork Planet




One of five Anne Tyler novels reissued in stunning new jackets

Barnaby Gaitlin is a loser - just short of thirty he's the black sheep of a philanthropic Baltimore family. Once upon a time he had a home, a loving wife, a little family of his own; now he has an ex-wife, a 9-year old daughter with attitude, a Corvette Sting Ray that's a collector's item but unreliable, and he works as hired muscle for Rent -a-Back, doing heavy chores for old folks. He has an almost patholo-gical curiosity about other people's lives, which has got him into serious trouble in the past, and a hopeless charm which attracts the kind of angelic woman who wants to save him from himself. Tyler's observation is more acute, more delicious than ever; her humour slyer and more irresistible; her characters so vividly realised that you feel you've known this quirky collection for ever. With perfect pitch and poise, humour and humanity, Anne Tyler chronicles, better than any writer today, the sublime and the ridiculous of everyday living, the foibles and frailties of the ordinary human heart.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409022824
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

About the Author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread and Vinegar Girl.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for A Patchwork Planet

“I was bowled over...I finished the book wishing it had been twice as long”

Jeremy Paxman

“A delight from beginning to end”

Observer

“[C]harming, readable, and more full of touching and humane observations than many other novels you will read this year”

Guardian

“A Patchwork Planet is thoroughly enjoyable...from this most responsive novel”

Sunday Times


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