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French Braid - Anne Tyler

French Braid - Anne Tyler

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Title: French Braid

Author:  Anne Tyler

ISBN:  9781784744625

Weight:  812 g

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French Braid by Anne Tyler

The major new novel from the beloved prize-winning author – a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s right up to the changed world of today.

When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone determines not to notice.

Over at her studio, she wants space and silence.  She won’t allow any family clutter.  Not even their cat, Desmond.

Yet it is a clutter of untidy moments that forms the Garretts’ family life over the decades, whether that’s a painstaking Easter lunch or giving a child a ride, a fateful train journey or an unexpected homecoming.

And it all begins in 1959, with a family holiday to a cabin by a lake.  It’s the only one the Garretts will ever take, but its effects will ripple through the generations.

A 2022 Book to Look Forward To in The Times, Daily Mail, Financial Times, i, Irish Times, Scotsman and Good Housekeeping

Peer & Press Reviews

Exquisitely crafted, tender, hilarious, devastatingly precise, I loved this powerful meditation on the small and often unvoiced moments that can make up a life.

Rachel Joyce

If Anne Tyler isn't the best writer in the world, who is?

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Such a perfect work of fiction, you want to turn it over like a tapestry to see how it is done; how Tyler can sew gentle humour into a truly heart-wrenching story, and twist all of life’s hurts into a family saga that is ultimately life-affirming, and a brisk and thrilling read.  We readers are so lucky a writer like Tyler exists.

Meg Mason

Bibliographic Info

TitleFrench Braid
Book Features
Edition / printingIndependent Bookshop Exclusive first edition, first printing
Edition background

The Chatto & Windus imprint of Vintage Publishing issued this Independent Bookshop Exclusive signed edition.

It contains additional content in the form of a 15-page short story called A Knack for Languages.  Taken from the Anne Tyler archive, this was first published in 1975.

Jacket noteOn the front of the jacket is an ‘Independent Bookshop’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
PublisherVintage Publishing
ImprintChatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781784744625
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographMichael Lionstar
Jacket photographGetty Images

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