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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks; Abridged edition edition (20 Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185686040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856860406
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,178,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage and Digging to America. In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'. Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set.

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"Compulsively readable, realistic, funny, touching" (The Times)

"Saint Maybe shows Anne Tyler at the peak of her power - a real slice of middle America, blessed with equal amounts of humour, pathos and compassion that will ensure heartfelt devotion from all her readers" (Time Out)

"A brilliant writer of emotionally sophisticated novels, funny, tragic, wise" (Lynne Truss)

"One of the truest writers alive" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A heartfelt novel about the unexpected tragedies and second chances of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Accidental Tourist and The Amateur Marriage. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug. 2008
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Written in 1991 this is vintage Anne Tyler and one of my favourites from among her many novels. It's the story of the Bledoe family from Baltimore (where else?) and in particular their son Ian. Often in her books there are some really unexpected plot twists and in this one there is a really big bombshell really early on in the story which completely changes the perceived direction of the book. We see Ian and the family trying to come to terms with two tragedies, coping with guilt and finally picking up the pieces and realising that life must go on. This is all done through Anne Tyler's usual examination of the minutiae of daily family life and, despite some of the scenes being very emotional and involving young children, she handles it very well, without being too sentimental - although it will definitely have you both laughing and crying. In addition to the well-drawn characters in the family we are also introduced to some of Tyler's wonderful, eccentric minor characters both in the Church of the Second Chance and in the neighbourhood. The scope of Anne Tyler's books is always very narrow - usually family sagas in suburban Baltimore - but this narrow world is perfectly peopled and narrated and it's always a real pleasure to enter her world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hiljean VINE VOICE on 28 July 2009
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I've read most of Anne Tyler's novels and this remains one of my very favourites. The best books aren't the ones where you can't wait to turn the page but the ones, like this, where you want to linger over and savour every word. No wonder John Updike was a fan of hers, she writes so well.

What is exceptional about her, though, is that she is able to take the lives of "ordinary" people and show how extraordinary they are and bring her characters utterly to life on the page. In fact she shows that there is no such thing as an ordinary person, or an ordinary life. Above all her humanity shines through. She helps us see how important it is to accept others for what they are. Her "heroes" are always flawed but real, struggling like the rest of us to get through life and to remain hopeful.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2000
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Anne Tyler always manages to make ordinary people's messy lives seem exceptional. There is tragedy and humour in this book,as Ian grows from a naive youth to a wise man. This is my favourite book of hers so far. In contrast to other reviewers, I couldn't put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Petre on 8 Oct. 2011
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I have read most of the Anne Tyler novels, and personally I would consider this to be one of her best. Away from the book, when I wasn't actually reading, I was thinking about the characters. The plot has been outlined by other reviewers, so no need to go into that again. One of the more endearing aspects of this novel was the "home-made religion" of the Church of the Second Chance and its all-too-human congregation and minister. I'm not one for religion, but it seems to have provided a lifeline for Ian at his hour of crisis. It was a pleasure to read of Ian and Daphne's development throughout the novel, and I"ll be sorry to say goodbye to them, even though they are in safe hands!
As an afterword, I'm a Brit, and after reading several novels by this author, I finally googled the word "afghan" as in "The children were squabbling over the afghan". I thought it must have been one of those 70s hippy coats! Nope, it Baltimore at least, it's a type of knitted or crocheted blanket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kiki on 22 Sept. 2009
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Another totally absorbing and fascinating read from Anne Tyler's hand. It seems that in every one of her books I learn something about certain facets of life I didn't even know I wanted to know.... Such is Tyler's magic; you get drawn into her story and what you read really gets a life of its own. Every one of her books makes you sit up, you wonder, you ponder, you sigh, cry.... and my personal opinion is that ANNE TYLER is one of the absolutely very best writer I have EVER come across. I shall - little by little - get all her other books I haven't read yet. I am in the lucky position of not yet having read ALL her books and I am immensely looking forward to those treasures still waiting to be discovered!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Jordan on 30 Mar. 2012
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Ian Bedlow, the Saint Maybe of the title, atones for his part in the death of his brother and sister-in-law by brining up the children who have been orphaned by the deaths.

As with other Anne Tyler novels, there is here a full measure of the interest of everyday life, focussed in this case on the brining up of children, in all its humour and its pathos and its idiosyncracies with scenes of family life spread over a 20 year time frame (humour and idiosyncracy here notably in the persons of the 'foreigners' who particularly enliven the retirement of Ian's father-in-law: apparently Anne Tyler is married to a foreigner. Though there's also a memorable scene in which a character refers to the Church of the Second Chance as the Church of the Second Rate).

I enjoyed reading this more than some of Anne Tyler's other novels (notably the Clock Winder) and less than some others (notably Digging to America and The Accidental Tourist). For me the question for each of her novels is how persuasive I've found the basic plot that gives rise to the episodes of everyday life - in this case, yes I can believe Ian Bedlow could play that part in the deaths, and yes he would want to atone, and just maybe this would come in large life-determining part by joining the Church of the Second Chance...
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