Anne Tyler | French Braid

French Braid

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The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family's orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts' influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.

Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is classic Anne Tyler: a stirring, uncannily insightful novel of tremendous warmth and humor that illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close--yet how unknowable--every family is to itself.


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Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: ‎978-0593556603


Word Count: 77400 words

Length: 258 pages

Language: English

Release Date: March 22, 2022

Available as: Ebook,Paperback

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June 16, 2022
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Having just read the final sentence of French Braid, I find myself once again wiping tears from my eyes and face at the conclusion of an Anne Tyler novel. Once more, Tyler has outdone herself in the crafting of the story of a family at once both utterly unique and deeply relatable.

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