'Her brilliance in capturing the ripples on the surface of family life gives her a claim to be the Jane Austen of our age' - Allison Pearson, Daily MailHaving sacked her handyman, newly-widowed Mrs Emerson finds a replacement in Elizabeth, a lanky, awkward girl.
The Emersons - there are seven grown-up children - have a reputation for craziness and Elizabeth finds herself drawn into their disorderly lives against her will.
But in the end it is hard to tell whether she is a victim of the needy Emersons, or the de facto ruler of the family. OVER A MILLION ANNE TYLER BOOKS SOLD`She's changed my perception on life' Anna Chancellor `One of my favourite authors ' Liane Moriarty`She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan `Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve`My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' Nick Hornby `A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks `Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good' John Updike`I love Anne Tyler' Anita Brookner `Her fiction has strength of vision, originality, freshness, unconquerable humour' Eudora Welty
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/03/1987
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099469605