Book Group: French Braid (Led by Nancy Buehler) (virtual)

Nancy Buehler leads a virtual discussion of the best-selling novel by Anne Tyler, French Braid.  The Times Literary Supplement calls French Braid "subtle and powerful . . . A multi-layered and masterly exercise in sympathy and understanding." 

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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.

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.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 9:30am

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French Braid: A novel By Anne Tyler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321096
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - March 22nd, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning author—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 in our pandemic present.