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 **
Such a perfect work of fiction, you want to turn it over like a tapestry to see how it is done; how Tyler can sew gentle humour into a truly heart-wrenching story, and twist all of life's hurts into a family saga that is ultimately life-affirming, and a brisk and thrilling read. We readers are so lucky a writer like Tyler exists -- MEG MASON Tyler's sentences are wholly hers, instantly recognisable and impossible to duplicate -- HANYA YANIGIHARA She is and always will be my favourite author -- LIANE MORIARTY Anne Tyler really is the best . . . her sheer brilliance makes it all seem so effortless -- GRAHAM NORTON One of my favourite writers -- ALI SMITH Fans of Anne Tyler will be delighted by French Braid, a family saga that takes us from the 1950s to the present * Must-Read Books 2022, Daily Mail * A new Anne Tyler novel is an island of certainty in a tumultuous world * Reasons To Be Cheerful in 2022, Daily Telegraph * A queen of American literature * i newspaper * The ever reliable and delightful Anne Tyler * The Year Ahead in Books, Scotsman * Lushly imagined, psychologically intricate, virtually inhalable...Tyler balances gracefully between tenderness and piquant humor, her insights into human nature luminous * Booklist *
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