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  • Published: 8 February 1989
  • ISBN: 9780099517504
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176

A Slipping Down Life




From the Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday Times bestseller Anne Tyler. A Slipping Down Life is now re-jacketed along with the rest of Tyler’s books in striking new backlist style

In a small Southern town teenager Evie Decker becomes obsessed with local rock singer Bertram 'Drumstrings' Casey, and decides to take her life into her own hands. When she carves his name on her forehead their two lives become unforgettably entwined in this remarkable novel.

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  • Published: 8 February 1989
  • ISBN: 9780099517504
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176

About the author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons,The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance.

In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.

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Praise for A Slipping Down Life

Wickedly good

John Updike

Her brilliance in capturing the ripples on the surface of family life gives her a claim to be the Jane Austen of our age

Allison Pearson, Daily Mail

Anne Tyler is inventive, funny and wise. Her fiction is magically alive to the quirks and coincidences of fate

Guardian

Wickedly good

John Updike

Her brilliance in capturing the ripples on the surface of family life gives her a claim to be the Jane Austen of our age

Allison Pearson, Daily Mail

Anne Tyler is inventive, funny and wise. Her fiction is magically alive to the quirks and coincidences of fate

Guardian

Funny and lyrical and true, exquisite in its details and ambitious in its design...rich...warm. The writer is not merely good, she is wickedly good

John Updike

Miss Tyler never loses her control. She writes with virtuosity and perfect confidence, insight and compassion

The Times

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