A Patchwork Planet

A Patchwork Planet

By (author) Anne Tyler


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Barnaby Gaitlin has less in life than he once had. His ex-wife Natalie left him and their native Baltimore several years ago, taking their baby daughter Opal with her. He acquired an unalterably fixed position as the black sheep of the family. And this family isn't one where black sheep are tolerated. The Gaitlins are rich and worthy, supposedly guided by their own special angel to do the right thing...

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 109.22 x 170.18 x 33.02mm | 158.76g
  • 01 Apr 1999
  • London
  • English
  • 0099272687
  • 9780099272687
  • 193,312

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Born in Minneapolis in 1941, Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set. She is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and Noah's Compass. She has recently received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books.

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"I was bowled over...I finished the book wishing it had been twice as long" -- Jeremy Paxman "I can think of no other writer whose novels I look forward to with such gleeful anticipation. A Patchwork Planet is her fourteenth book, but were it for fortieth, it would not be enough for me... A delight from beginning to end" Observer "Anne Tyler is inventive, funny and wise. Her fiction is magically alive to the quirks and coincidences of fate... [A Patchwork Planet] is charming, readable, and more full of touching and humane observations than many other novels you will read this year" Guardian "A Patchwork Planet is thoroughly enjoyable...from this most responsive novel" Sunday Times "Tyler's best book yet - which must make it pretty near perfection" The Times

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Charting the minutiae of life and relationships is Tyler's forte - and this is no exception to the rule. A Patchwork Planet reveals the darker side of her preoccupations, documenting the progress of an unconventional relationship, from first sight to eventual breakdown. Barnaby Gatlin is a well-meaning slacker from a wealthy family, who has eschewed the family trust fund to work as an odd-job man for the elderly. Lacking direction, and refused access to his daughter by his divorced wife, Barnaby thinks he has found his guardian angel when he meets Sophia on a train. But true happiness is not always that easy to find and sustain... This probably won't be ranked as Anne Tyler's best, but it still has all her hallmarks: an appealing hero who never quite gets it together, plenty of humour and a host of sharply observed characters. (Kirkus UK)

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