By Anne Tyler
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345516596, 304pp.)
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
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Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . . well, something quite different.
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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her eighteenth novel. Her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Gracefully written tragicomedy . . . seasoned with poetic images [and] gentle humor.”—USA Today
“An arresting premise [that] pays off in unexpected ways . . . Tyler’s writing is as lovely and transparent as ever.”—The Boston Globe
“Tyler’s most profound strengths lie in her ability to make her stories resonate with readers. . . . With self-assurance and her trademark empathy, Tyler makes the commonplace uncommonly rich and the ordinary extraordinarily touching.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A gripping, page-turner of a novel [that] radiates with life.”—Houston Chronicle
“[Tyler] reminds us of the infinite reach of our humanity.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] sensitive, witty story.”—The Washington Post
“[An] offbeat delight.”—O: The Oprah Magazine