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Anne Tyler - Her Novels make The Commonplace Becomes Unforgettable

Updated on January 27, 2014

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Anne Tyler: My Hero in Fiction

Award winning fiction writer Anne Tyler is a real inspiration to me as a writer, and she was one of the first authors to show me that a novel that honestly showed ordinary people's lives could actually be an agent of change.

She is the author of 19 novels, and many short stories at this time, and all are worth reading. I have also enjoyed Accidental Tourist, the movie inspired by her work.

I share the attitude of the photographer Cherry Ride:"Must Love Anne Tyler" -(photo shared through Creative Commons.)

My favorite Anne Tyler Novel - Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

My favorite Anne Tyler, is also the novel that she considers the finest.This poignant tale of the Tull family is one that you will not easily forget. Ordinary people - seen in extraordinary focus.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel

This poignant tale of the Tull family is one that you will not easily forget. Ordinary people - seen in extraordinary focus.

In this story we learned the story of Pearl's desolation at being abandoned and her respond, the children who grow up coping as best they could, and her ex-husband who never forgot her.

The Homesick Restaurant is the restaurant of one of the son's Ezra. The symbol is his many attempts to have a nice family dinner there, which always fail, until Pearl's funeral.


Anne Tyler's Novels are Considered Character Driven

One of the reasons I love Anne Tyler so is that her work is so character driven rather than plot driven. You will always remember her characters.

The Accidental Tourist - Charming and Poignant Anne Tyler Book Made into Film

The Accidental Tourist Movie - Excellent Adaptation of the Anne Tyler Novel

What would your life be like if you hated to travel - and your job was being a travel writer?

What if your precious son had been murdered, and your marriage was falling apart?

What if you went through a depression so deep you could hardly get out of bed, and eating popcorn was the only thing that made sense to you?

What if you had an unruly dog you couldn't handle on top of everything?

The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist

Geena Davis, William Hurt and Kathleen Turner do outstanding jobs in this adaptation of Anne Tyler's

The Accidental Tourist: A Novel.

The novel created strong images, the book will just add to that.


The Weekend Novelist by Robert Ray - - Novel Writing Based on the Accidental Tourist

I think it is telling that The Accidental Tourist: A Novel by Anne Tyler was used as a teaching tool for novel structure and writing in this lovely step by step guide.

This guide is used to teach novels in classes and as personal guides to budding novelists.

I loved reading The Weekend Novelist by Robert Ray, and was excited to offer it on this lens. However, after reading several of the reviews, it seems that I cannot recommend the second edition. Apparently the author had made some changes that made the book too complex.

So I turned to eBay to find good copies of the first edition that I could recommend. I always feature great sellers with a reasonable return policy and a reasonable shipping rate.

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Have You Read Anne Tyler or Seen Anne Tyler Movies?

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      Rose Jones 

      4 years ago

      @KarenHC: Anne Tyler is a true master.

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      4 years ago from U.S.

      I don't think I've read any of Anne Tyler's work, although I've heard of a few of them (Accidental Tourist, Breathing Lessons). I'm always on the lookout for author and book recommendations, and I will look at some of her books now. I like the idea of "character-driven" novels.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Anne Tyler is one of my inspirations for writing novels. I love how she makes common people's live meaningful and profound.

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      5 years ago

      I must have heard of her along the way because Breathing Lessons and The Accidental Tourist are titles I remember for some reason...I've only heard rave reviews of her and love how you say she makes the commonplace unforgettable.....some day I may have some free time and will keep her books in mind....a very enthusiastic review of her work by you sharing the love! :)

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: Thanks so much!

    • Gypzeerose profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      @Mickie Gee: Me too. And her work is so rich, I could spend all day writing about it.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      @Tennyhawk: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and Saint Maybe are my favorites too!

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I've seen Accidental Tourist.

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      6 years ago

      I've read her books. My favorites are Saint Maybe, the Amateur Marriage, and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I've only seen a few of her movie adaptations (Breathing Lessons, Saint Maybe).

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      texan203 lm 

      6 years ago


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      Mickie Goad 

      6 years ago

      I have seen the film "The Accidental Tourist" and have read most of Tyler's novels. She is one of my very favorite authors--ever!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I haven't seen her movies or read her books.. I will now. Thank you!

      Angel blessings!


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