As Anne Tyler’s career as one of the United States of America’s most prolific and accomplished novelists enters its sixth decade, one cannot help but note that with the passage of time, her protagonists have matured. Consider the plots and major players of her three most recent novels. In 2001’s Back When We Were Grownups, Tyler focused on Rebecca Davitch’s midlife challenges and opportunities. The Amateur Marriage, published three years later, provided readers with a detailed portrait of the 30-year marriage of Michael and Pauline Anton, and analyzed both characters’ post-divorce lives. And while Digging to America (2006) devoted much space to two young couples’ adoptions of Asian children, considerable …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "Noah's Compass". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 July 2010
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