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See the difference, read bestselling author Anne Tyler in Large Print

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In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order.
        Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, like his teenage cohorts. It was just that he liked to read other people's mail, pore over their family photo albums, and appropriate a few of their precious mementos.
        But for eleven years now, he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, renting his back to old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture or bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel.
        Still, the Gaitlins (of "old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. And his ex-wife would just as soon he didn't show up ever to visit their little girl, Opal. Even the nice, steady woman (his guardian angel?) who seems to have designs on him doesn't fully trust him, it develops, when the chips are down, and it looks as though his world may fall apart again.
        There is no one like Anne Tyler, with her sharp, funny, tender perceptions about how human beings navigate on a puzzling planet, and she keeps us enthralled from start to finish in this delicious new novel.

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Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He has this habit of breaking into other people's houses — not for big loot, but simply to read their mail, pore over their photo albums, and sneak away some of their precious mementos. But for 11 years now he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, renting his back to old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel.

Still, the Gaitlins ("old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. And his ex-wife sees him only as an intrusion in the life of their little girl, Opal. Even the nice, steady woman (his guardian angel?) who seems to have designs on him doesn't fully trust him, it develops, when the chips are down, and it looks as though his world may fall apart again.

There is no one like Anne Tyler, with her sharp, funny, tender perceptions about how human beings navigate in a puzzling world, and she keeps us enthralled from start to finish in this delicious new novel.

About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University, and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375702907
Author:
Tyler, Anne
Publisher:
Random House Large Print in association with A.A. Knopf :
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Charities -- Maryland -- Baltimore -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st large print ed.
Large Print:
Yes
Publication Date:
1998
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Pages:
370
Dimensions:
9.22x6.19x1.01 in. 1.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He has this habit of breaking into other people's houses — not for big loot, but simply to read their mail, pore over their photo albums, and sneak away some of their precious mementos. But for 11 years now he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, renting his back to old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel.

Still, the Gaitlins ("old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. And his ex-wife sees him only as an intrusion in the life of their little girl, Opal. Even the nice, steady woman (his guardian angel?) who seems to have designs on him doesn't fully trust him, it develops, when the chips are down, and it looks as though his world may fall apart again.

There is no one like Anne Tyler, with her sharp, funny, tender perceptions about how human beings navigate in a puzzling world, and she keeps us enthralled from start to finish in this delicious new novel.

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