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French Braid: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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French Braid: The Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardback)

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THE MAJOR NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE GREATEST STORYTELLERS OF OUR TIME



A brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family's foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today



When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone is determined not to notice.



Over at her studio, she wants space and silence. She won't allow any family clutter. Not even their cat, Desmond.



Yet it is a clutter of untidy moments that forms the Garretts' family life over the decades, whether that's a painstaking Easter lunch or giving a child a ride, a fateful train journey or an unexpected homecoming.



And it all begins in 1959, with a family holiday to a cabin by a lake. It's the only one the Garretts will ever take, but its effects will ripple through the generations.



'Gorgeous, charming, profound, and written with such lightness of touch' MARIAN KEYES



'A perfect work of fiction' MEG MASON



'French Braid is Anne Tyler at her surgical, spare best' NIGELLA LAWSON



'Exquisitely crafted, tender, hilarious, devastatingly precise, I loved this powerful meditation on the small and often unvoiced moments that can make up a life' RACHEL JOYCE



'Such joyous immersion, I lost myself, and loved this superbly imperfect family' TESSA HADLEY



'A faultless novel, effortlessly profound. I read it in two sittings, totally immersed' VICTORIA HISLOP



'If Anne Tyler isn't the best writer in the world, who is?' BBC RADIO 4 WOMAN'S HOUR





** A 2022 Book to Look Forward To in The Times, Daily Mail, Financial Times, i, Irish Times, Scotsman, Good Housekeeping **

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 24/03/2022 ISBN-13: 9781784744625  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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 Grown-ups, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Clock Dance and Redhead by the Side of the Road. In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; and in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence. In 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Booker Prize; and in 2020 Redhead by the Side of the Road was longlisted for the Booker Prize.

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A wonderful tale of a family unit, and the individuals who are a part of it. Mercy Garrett, while never a natural homemaker, has done her bit and now that the children are grown up and off her hands, she is putting herself first and concentrating on her art. She is slowly moving out of her home and into her studio – so slowly that none of the family want to make a thing of it. She wants a clutter-free life with clean lines and no knick-knacks – the things which have crowded the family home for all her married life. Although you can clear out your living space, you can’t clear away the memories – and Mercy’s head is packed full of those. I’ve always been fond of a good family saga and this is one of the best. Revealing memories over the decades along with life today, there is always something going on to keep the reader hooked. Entertaining and enthralling, I felt as if I was reading about a family I knew personally. Not only is this a beautifully written novel, it also subtly catalogues shifting attitudes over the period. There are highs and lows and I loved them all. A complete picture of one family which kept me trying so hard not to race through the pages, wanting to make the story last. If you enjoy a family tale spread over the years, then this is one I recommend. 4.5*.

- 24/03/2022
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