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In a small Southern town teenager Evie Decker becomes obsessed with local rock singer Bertram 'Drumstrings' Casey, and decides to take her life into her own hands. When she carves his name on her forehead their two lives become unforgettably entwined in this remarkable vel. She's changed my perception on life. (Anna Chancellor). One of my favourite authors. (Liane Moriarty). She spins gold. (Elizabeth Buchan). Anne Tyler has peer. (Anita Shreve). My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length velist in the world. (Nick Hornby). A masterly author. (Sebastian Faulks). Tyler is t merely good, she is wickedly good. (John Updike). I love Anne Tyler. (Anita Brookner). Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour. (Eudora Welty).
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and many other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and The Beginner's Goodbye. 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, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books. In 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for both the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize. Her latest novel, Vinegar Girl, is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.