I hereby nominate Anne Tyler for sainthood.
I just finished Noah's Compass and I absolutely loved it.
Liam, the protagonist, has a touch of Macon Leary in him - particular about grammar, a wee bit fussy, a tiny bit like . . . me.
Macon, of course, lives in my favorite Tyler novel, The Accidental Tourist. This book is touching, funny, clever, poignant. I think of the Leary family playing Vaccination and I never fail to smile.
The movie based on the book is quite good, too.
I'm also extremely fond of Saint Maybe, A Patchwork Planet, and Ladder of Years.
However, I think Tyler's masterpiece is Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant.
It's so beautifully written it's almost more than I can bear.
So, here's to you Saint Anne. Long may you write.
Dumped First Wife