Anne Tyler Quotes

I always say families are my version of survivors on a desert island — they’re forced to be together. You can break up with your family but it’s not easily done. Family is the ultimate test of endurance.

If you love a good war story, you won’t be remotely interested in my books. Nothing’s going on in them except time passing, and people being who they are.

Didn’t it often happen, she thought, that aged parents die exactly at the moment when other people (your husband, your adolescent children) have stopped being thrilled to see you coming? But a parent is always thrilled, always dwells so lovingly on your face as you are speaking. One of life’s many ironies.

Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul – chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!