Monday, 9 October 2017

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
First published in America by Alfred A Knopf in 1998.

I registered my copy of this book at BookCrossing

How I got this book:
Swapped for on the book exchange shelves at Camping Sopalmo, Spain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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...

I read this fascinating novel back in 2014 and, at the time I think it was only the second Anne Tyler book I had picked up. The storyline about the delinquent son of a rich American family who has reformed and found his place in the world, but still believes himself to be a failure because he doesn't meet up to his family's ideals was an interesting one to consider, especially as I hadn't encountered this issue in fiction before. Anne Tyler writes wonderfully believable dialogue and every one of her large cast of characters are real people, even those who might only appear for half a page. This makes them easy to understand and to empathise with even when I didn't agree with certain actions or opinions.

Tyler is resolutely one of my favourite authors and I'm glad that I still have several of her novels to discover and enjoy.

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  1. I've only read on Anne Tyler novel which is her contribution to Hogarth Shakespeare. This sounds interesting, albeit, far from what I'm used to reading.

    Great review!

    1. Vinegar Girl isn't it? I've not read that one yet, though enjoyed the Tracy Chevalier Hogarth, New Boy.