French Braid

A novel

    • 3.9 • 494 Ratings
    • $12.99
    • $12.99

Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread—a funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one Baltimore family’s foibles, from a boyfriend with a red Chevy in the 1950s up to a longed-for reunion with a grandchild.

“A quietly subversive novel, tackling fundamental assumptions about womanhood, motherhood and female aging.” —The New York Times Book Review


The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family's orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts' influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.

Full of heartbreak and hilarity, French Braid is classic Anne Tyler: a stirring, uncannily insightful novel of tremendous warmth and humor that illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close—yet how unknowable—every family is to itself.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2022
March 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

GilianaK1 ,

The French Braid

Easy reading. The first 3/4 of the book were interesting and the characters came to life.
But the last 1/3 was mostly boring and moved too quickly
through generations.

Perky too ,

French Braid

I also am a big Tyler fan. Her stories are always about people that I feel like I know so when the book is finished I feel a little like I lost a friend and want to somehow stay in touch. French Braid is a little different. The book’s main characters, the Garrets live like most of us do, for years that are reported as the family grows. It’s a little different format for Tyler. I loved it.

444jelly ,

Not a fan

One of the most boring books I have ever read. Do not recommend. The characters are bizarre and totally unrealistic. Mercy is exceptionally annoying and odd. Could not finish it. Total dysfunctional family. No point to the story except a boring life.

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