Anne Tyler, the Pulitzer Prize winning author (for Breathing Lessons), is now 72 years old. She has a reputation for being reclusive, almost in the same category as J.D. Salinger of Catcher in the Rye fame. Then, after 35 years, she started giving interviews when her new book, The Beginner's Goodbye, was published. When asked why, she responded "why not?".
John Waters, the director of Hairspray, is a friend of the author and says "She beautifully captures regular people who are not trying to be noticed. She writes about real life".
The Beginner's Goodbye tells the story of a quiet young man who works in his family's publishing house. A tree falls on his home, killing his wife instantly, leaving him a widower. Publishers Weekly says the book is "an uplifting tale of love and forgiveness. By the end of this wonderful book, you've lived the lives and loves of these characters in the best possible way".
Anne Tyler's books have a gentleness about them. There is A Patchwork Planet about a lovable loser who starts a business called Rent-a-Back doing odd jobs for elderly clients. Back When We Were Grown-ups features a 53 year old widow who operates a catering business out of her home and is questioning every aspect of her life. Rather than being depressing, Ms. Tyler's novels are uplifting, witty and poignant. There are 19 to chose from so be sure to check one out.