The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.
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The Sunday Times Bestseller Longlisted For The Man Booker Prize Shortlisted For The Baileys Women's Fiction Prize. 'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer's day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century - four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their home..."One of my favourite authors." (Liane Moriarty). "She spins gold." (Elizabeth Buchan). "Anne Tyler has no peer." (Anita Shreve). "Anne Tyler is one of my favourite writers and this is a delicious book." (Rachel Joyce).
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"Exquisite" The Times "Tyler writes with an apparent effortlessness which conceals great art. The Whitshank family is tragic, comic, absurd, absorbing -- and lives on its illusions, as every family must. You'll shiver with recognition" -- Helen Dunmore Stylist "I love Tyler's writing... She writes so beautifully and with such insight. Read her books and she can actually change your view, change how you see the world" -- Judy Finnigan Mail on Sunday "Tyler's twentieth novel finds fresh fictional riches in imaginative territory she has been exploring for half a century... Atmospherically rendered, the passage of time has both entertaining and heart-rending results. She has never written with more finesse, vitality and acuteness" Sunday Times, book of the year "Tyler's sentences are wholly hers, instantly recognisable and impossible to duplicate" -- Hanya Yanigihara Observer, Books That Made Our Year 2015 "May be her best yet, though, to be honest, this is what I always tend to say after reading the latest Anne Tyler. I've now read it twice, and I may well read it again" -- Craig Brown Mail on Sunday "It was a joy to read such an amazing book - so simply written" -- Victoria Hislop "A new novel from Tyler is always a treat and this is her best in years" -- Amy E Williams Mail on Sunday (You) "Anne Tyler takes the ordinary, the small, and makes them sing" -- Rachel Joyce Observer, Books That Made Our Year 2015 "One of her very best" Sunday Times