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.
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