Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler

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BONUS: This edition contains a Noah's Compass discussion guide and an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.


Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . . well, something quite different.

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About Anne Tyler

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her eighteenth novel. Her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Published December 16, 2009 by Ballantine Books. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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His feelings renewed, Liam sees himself “ambushed by complexities…It struck him that life in general was heartbreaking—a word he didn’t toss off lightly.” In Tyler’s novels (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, 1982;

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The New York Times

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In Anne Tyler’s 18th novel, a retired teacher, attacked in his new home, becomes fixated on recovering the contents of a few hours of lost memory.

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The Guardian

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Liam himself is trying to stay afloat, to keep on top of a life swamped by fears and disappointments;

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The Guardian

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Anne Tyler is a novelist who has elevated the pitch-perfect observation of everyday detail into an art form.

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The Wall Street Journal

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A life of weary resignation and bluff stoicism is suddenly brightened—and disrupted.

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New York Journal of Books

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Tyler chooses another path, filling the penultimate chapter of the book with a flood of back story for Liam in an attempt to explain his choices.Although Noah’s Compass is as artfully crafted, as full of compassion and as sparkled with wry humor as any of Ms.

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The Globe and Mail

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Anne Tyler's latest novel, like many of her previous books, explores the mysteries of the one institution from which we can never escape

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AV Club

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This ruminative novel about the life and loves of an old man looking back has been done better, but it's still done passably well.

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AV Club

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Tyler’s characters also come together in a surprisingly believable community, as she finds ways to tighten the inner circle around Liam as he wakes up to just how much he’s drifted past everyone in his life.

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Los Angeles Times

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The sad tale of a man trying to remember one night grows into a larger story about the memories we have all lost.

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The Telegraph

Since the last Potter came out she has kept herself busy - and confounded .

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Christian Science Monitor

Anne Tyler writes the opposite of alpha heroes.

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Dallas News

But Liam is a man of small needs and even.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

It is not uncommon for a Tyler character to not just think about the road not taken but to veer off track and take it.

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He becomes obsessed with retrieving his memory, which leads him to reflect on the purpose of his life and what might make him happy.ProsTyler's writes well, creating and engaging and easy to read story.Tyler suceeds in moving a character based novel forward without many plot turns.ConsThere is no...

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