Anne Tyler: French Braid (1965 words)

Cecilia Donohue (Independent Scholar - North America)
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French Braid (2022), Anne Tyler’s twenty-fourth novel, revisits the subject matter her readers have come to expect: the multigenerational extended family whose members negotiate the reality of unraveling ties, individuals taking unexpected steps in search of self-fulfillment, opportunities for a second (and for one character in this book, a third) chance at happiness, and a dénouement of reconciliation for a surprising member of this novel’s ensemble.

While French Braid’s issues may be familiar to the author’s fans, their presentation differs somewhat here. Instead of Tyler’s usual laser-sharp focus on one particular protagonist, as in 1985’s The Accidental Tourist …

Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "French Braid". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 July 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40907, accessed 16 August 2022.]

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