Monday, March 09, 2015

Anne Tyler's 6 favorite books

Anne Tyler is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Her latest novel is A Spool of Blue Thread. One of Tyler's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

This recasting of King Lear as an Iowa farmer would have turned Shakespeare green with envy. Smiley’s novel is much, much richer and more psychologically complicated than the Shakespeare play and, like every other entry on this list, A Thousand Acres is a book I felt the need to buy again after I’d pared down my library when I moved.
Read about another entry on the list.

A Thousand Acres is among Sally O'Reilly ten top novels inspired by Shakespeare, Alexia Nader's nine favorite books about unhappy families, and John Mullan's top ten twice-told tales.

--Marshal Zeringue