Anne Tyler: A Slipping Down Life (658 words)


At the time of the publication of her third novel, A Slipping-Down Life (1970), contemporary American novelist Anne Tyler had yet to set her novels in what became her trademark location: Baltimore, Maryland USA. A Slipping-Down Life, like its predecessors If Morning Ever Comes (1964) and The Tin Can Tree (1966), takes place in fictionalized cities in North Carolina and presents an intimate, sympathetic look at a family’s quirks and dysfunctions – themes that Tyler would revisit frequently in future works.

In A Slipping-Down Life the focus of the family foibles is 17-year-old Evie Decker, first shown to readers as “a plump drab girl in a brown sweater that was running to balls at …

Citation: Donohue, Cecilia. "A Slipping Down Life". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2015 [, accessed 30 November 2021.]

6979 A Slipping Down Life 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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