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Can you describe a character-driven novel as a page turner? If it’s by the formidable, compulsively readable Anne Tyler, the answer is yes.

Tyler, 80, from Baltimore, has sold 10-million books during her 50-year career. In 1998, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons. That same year her best-selling 1985 novel, Accidental Tourist, was turned into a major film starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. Tyler’s 20th novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. Her latest work, French Braid, came out on Tuesday...

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