Redhead by the Side of the Road


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$26.95  $24.79
Knopf Publishing Group
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5.9 X 9.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

ANNE TYLER was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of more than twenty novels. Her twentieth novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


"Anne Tyler has every gift a great novelist needs: intent observation, empathy and language both direct and surprising. She has unembarrassed goodness as well. In this time of snark, preening, sub-tweeting and the showy torment of characters, we could use more Tyler." --Amy Bloom, New York Times Book Review

"If ever there was a perfect time for a new Anne Tyler novel, it's now--and this one doesn't disappoint . . . Heartwarming and very funny--one of Tyler's best yet." --People (book of the week)

"Anne Tyler could make even quarantined lives feel expansive and lovely . . . Though we have stripped our daily rituals down to their bare essentials, we remain as big and as loving and as scared and as frustratingly human as we were before the world outside screeched to a halt. Redhead by the Side of the Road is a delicate and moving reminder of this, and proves Tyler's voice remains as vital as ever." --Vanity Fair

"Tyler's novels are always worth scooping up--but especially this gently amusing soother, right now, when all of our cherished routines have been disrupted." --NPR

"There's always good reason to celebrate a new Anne Tyler novel, and Redhead by the Side of the Road warrants popping open the champagne . . . Who else can make words sparkle with humor and tenderness in quite this way? . . . Hilarious and poignant . . . Shows the author at the top of her form." --Boston Globe

"Anne Tyler may, in the end, prove to be one of the most influential novelists of her generation . . . Her books are so irresistibly readable that it's startling to realise what technical marvels they often are." --Daily Telegraph

"If, in December, we might sing, 'We need a little Christmas right this very minute, ' in pandemic panic we might warble that we need or could surely use a little Anne Tyler." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"It moves so quickly and seamlessly . . . Poignant." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Reading Anne Tyler is always pure pleasure, and Redhead by the Side of the Road is the author at her best. This joyful book is a powerful reminder of how much we need human connection." --BookPage (starred)

"Another gem from Anne Tyler . . . This is her best novel in some time . . . Tyler has won so many plaudits over the past 50 odd years that it's hard to think of new superlatives to add . . . Tyler's ability to make you care about her characters is amazing, and never more so than here." --Observer (UK)

"Tyler's warmly comedic, quickly read tale, a perfect stress antidote, will delight her fans and provides an excellent 'first' for readers new to this master of subtle and sublime brilliance . . . Perfectly modulated, instantly enmeshing, heartrending, funny, and redemptive." --Booklist

"A fully realised world full of dry humour . . . Each character is deftly drawn in a few lines." --The Times (UK)

"A brilliantly detailed, tender depiction of one man's regrettable way of living . . . Brings plenty of funny, relatable scenarios." --Irish Times

"There's warmth, wisdom, and a wealth of brilliantly caught characters in Anne Tyler's cheering new novel ." --Sunday Times (UK)

"Characteristically tender . . . Suffused with feeling and very moving."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)