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  • Deftly done: witty, poignant, wry - and sort of radical . . . Tyler's genius lies in the subtlety with which she portrays her characters' internal worlds . . . another Tyler forte is the focus on things unsaid and the tensions that spread out from these, across generations and even into communities

    Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times
  • Another masterclass by our greatest chronicler of family life . . . There are many authors today who try to emulate Anne Tyler's technique, but none of them comes close to the lightness of touch, the accuracy of her ear, or the profundity of her vision

    Craig Brown, Mail
  • A novel about what is remembered, what we're left with when all the choices have been made, the children raised, the dreams realized or abandoned. It is a moving meditation on the passage of time . . . For all its charm, "French Braid" is a quietly subversive novel, tackling fundamental assumptions about womanhood, motherhood and female aging

    Jennifer Haigh, New York Times Book Review
  • Entrancing... nobody writes better about families than Anne Tyler... [she] has that rare ability to do much with what seems little, to bring the ordinary and usually unregarded lives of ordinary people to life and make them matter

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • French Braid is a novel full of compassion for the human condition by a writer confident enough not to pin everything down and to trust her story to work its quiet magic

    Rebecca Abrams, Financial Times
  • Subtle and powerful . . . a multi-layered and masterly exercise in sympathy and understanding

    Lucy Dallas, Times Literary Supplement
  • Tyler's prose is incisive and sharply observed without feeling effortful or overwrought, giving the impression that these are not characters of her making, but autonomous people whose lives she unobtrusively documents.

    Pippa Bailey, New Statesman
  • She is and always will be my favourite author

  • Anne Tyler really is the best . . . her sheer brilliance makes it all seem so effortless

  • One of my favourite writers


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