Happy Birthday Anne Tyler + Guest Blog Post by Angela Bell

Anne Tyler deserves all the chocolate cupcakes she could ever want for her birthday!
Anne Tyler deserves all the chocolate cupcakes she could ever want for her birthday! Photo: Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

“If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” Anne Tyler, novelist.

Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors! Who is yours?

For those of you unfamiliar with Tyler’s novels, she won a Pulitzer Prize and has been nominated repeatedly for more. She’s remarkable for writing about life’s nuances that we might otherwise miss. Too often, we’re so busy “doing” that we miss “living.” We can miss ourselves and each other.

Enter Tyler to remind us that each day is happy and sad, selfish and loving, smart and goofy, and everything in between. Families might offer connection. When they make us feel unbearably isolated and misunderstood, we can find solace in friendships and in families of our own making. Now in her late 70s, Tyler writes as prolifically as ever. Several of her stories have been made into Hollywood films and TV movies. Her books and her deeds illustrate how each of us is as vibrant as we choose.

Born in Minnesota and raised by Quaker parents, she was socially and culturally thoughtful from the start. I’m a soon-to-be self-published novelist. Like me, she married a Persian man. They were together until his death and had two daughters, now both accomplished artists.

Tyler has always been media-shy. That must be how she gets so much writing done! Where she lives in Baltimore, Maryland, businesses offer tips on where to see the homes of each of her characters. For more about her, there’s this and this. Fortunately, we also have Wikipedia’s Anne Tyler page to celebrate her — along with writer/blogger Angela Bell’s guest blog post…

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I try to be open to new writers and each year read a few debuts or authors I’m unfamiliar with, sometimes on other’s recommendations, sometimes at a writer’s or publisher’s request. Still, for me, there is a clear gold standard reserved for those writers who, over decades of wonderful books, always satisfy me, challenge or teach me, make me laugh, or bring me to tears.

I began reading Anne Tyler in the late 1980s, at the urging of my late dear friend Gerry. Incidentally, my then teen-aged daughter fell for her then, too. Anne Tyler persists today as one of our country’s great novelists. My list of favorites includes but isn’t limited to The Accidental Tourist, Breathing Lessons, Saint Maybe, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Digging to America, Ladder of Years, The Beginner’s Goodbye, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. My most recent…

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12 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Anne Tyler + Guest Blog Post by Angela Bell

  1. skinnyhobbit November 1, 2019 / 6:35 pm

    It’s my first time hearing about this author, I’ll have to pick a book to start with. 😃

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  2. markbierman October 31, 2019 / 2:13 am

    Thanks for introducing me to Anne Tyler. I’ve just found another author to follow and her books are on my TBR. Great post, da-AL.

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  3. roijoyeux October 26, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    A formidable woman and authors, I’m sure I can understand why you like her even though I’ve never read any of her books. !!! .. Happy birthday to Anne Tyler !!! …
    … My favorite novelist would be Agatha Christie, I fell in love with her fascinating novel “And Then They Were None” as a child and I have read almost all of her books

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    • da-AL October 28, 2019 / 9:40 pm

      Her books are truly fun – amazing that she wrote so many!

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  4. Rosaliene Bacchus October 26, 2019 / 11:55 am

    I’m an Anne Tyler fan. Together with the late Toni Morrison, she has been my model for developing my writing style.
    Thank you Anne Tyler! Happy Birthday wishes to you!

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    • da-AL October 28, 2019 / 9:37 pm

      Both great writers – thoughtful & straighforward

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  5. Stella, oh, Stella October 26, 2019 / 8:30 am

    I haven’t heard of her yet either, but then, in Europe it takes some time … But I am always happy to learn about contemporary writers, especially women. So thank you for presenting Anne Tyler!
    Three of my favourite, still living authors are Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood and Amy Tan.

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  6. neha98blog October 25, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    It’s my first time hearing about her,and I will surely check out her works.Hope the hallowen preparations are going in full swing daal.
    Take care xoxo.

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