My Anne Tyler addiction began in high school, where for year 12 English we studied Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
This latest book has been an "I think I can squeeze in a few pages as I stir the custard at the stove" or "the girls won't mind if I read a couple of pages while they eat their toast" kind of book. In other words, hard to put down.
She has a way of describing people and their feelings so you feel you know them, and have for a long time. If you live in Baltimore, Maryland in the US and haven't discovered her books it's a tragedy, as this is where they are all set, and so would be even more familiar.
She writes a bit like another of my favourite authors, Tim Winton; who can describe the smells and sounds of an Aussie beach in way that makes you feel like you are there.
Do yourself a favour and check them out.