French Braid by Anne Tyler

French Braid
.ePUB, 221 pages
Published: March 22, 2022
By: Bond Street Books

About The Book:
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.

My Review:
You can never take it for granted that family members will like each other. 
Oh! Families love each other! Love, well, sure. I’m talking about like.

This book promised a freshly observed, funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one family’s foibles, and boy did it deliver. I love me a good family drama and Anne Tyler is the queen of multigenerational family epics. This is my tenth+ read by this author and she never disappoints. Tyler takes ordinary life and makes reading about it extraordinary. Taking into consideration that this book was 221 pages on my tablet and the fact it has a timeline of 60+ years of story to tell, Tyler sure does pack a punch into those pages. How the author managed to develop so many characters, in such a short amount of pages, so well is beyond me. I loved the way the characters' relationships evolved over time, in ways good and bad, just like real life. I think any reader will be able to relate to this family, we all have our secrets and different styles of relationships. As usual, Tyler writes a wonderful story about family and their expectations of each other that is so well written and immersive that the pages flew by. All. The. Stars.

Many thanks to Toronto Public Library - OverDrive for my copy of the book.

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