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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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"If we believe that serious novels are about the search for a true home, then A Patchwork Planet is a novel that repays our always delighted attention." Carol Shields, New York Times Book Review

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"Tyler is our fictional double agent. She embarks with a seemingly humdrum normality of story, characters and setting (Baltimore, invariably, and a white-bread, white, and cheerfully non-gothic Baltimore) and packs tiny bombs in her luggage." Newsday, Richard Eder

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"Heart-tugging...vintage Tyler." Chicago Tribune

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"Wonderfully readable." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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. She is also the author of If Morning Ever Comes, The Tin Can Tree, A Slipping-Down Life, The Clock Winder, Celestial Navigation, Searching for Caleb, Earthly Possessions, Morgan's Passing, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, and Ladder of Years. Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore.

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bookluver, August 31, 2007 (view all comments by bookluver)
Every so often I must travel back to Anne Tyler's Baltimore. Again, the place and characters are not disappointing. Anne Tyler writes about extraordinary people living ordinary lives. One of these people is Barnaby Gaitlin and his family in A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler.

He makes money in a totally humble way. Reminding the reader money isn't as important as satisfaction in what you do.

The Patchwork Planet is great. You won't regret reading it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804119184
Author:
Tyler, Anne
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Baltimore
Edition Number:
1st mass market ed.
Series Volume:
v. 232
Publication Date:
May 2001
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.91x4.28x.87 in. .35 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780804119184 Reviews:
"Review" by , "If we believe that serious novels are about the search for a true home, then A Patchwork Planet is a novel that repays our always delighted attention."
"Review" by , "Tyler is our fictional double agent. She embarks with a seemingly humdrum normality of story, characters and setting (Baltimore, invariably, and a white-bread, white, and cheerfully non-gothic Baltimore) and packs tiny bombs in her luggage."
"Review" by , "Heart-tugging...vintage Tyler."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully readable."
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