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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Tyler Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Anne Tyler’s richest, most deeply searching novel—a story about what it is to be an American, and about Iranian-born Maryam Yazdan, who, after 35 years in this country, must finally come to terms with her “outsiderness.”

Two families, who would otherwise never have come together, meet by chance at the Baltimore airport—the Donaldsons, a very American couple, and the Yazdans, Maryam’s fully assimilated son and his attractive Iranian wife. Each couple is awaiting the arrival of an adopted infant daughter from Korea. After the instant babies from distant Asia are delivered, Bitsy Donaldson impulsively invites the Yazdans to celebrate: an “arrival party” that from then on is repeated every year as the two families become more and more deeply intertwined. Even Maryam is drawn in—up to a point. When she finds herself being courted by Bitsy Donaldson’s recently widowed father, all the values she cherishes—her traditions, her privacy, her otherness—are suddenly threatened.

A luminous novel brimming with subtle, funny, and tender observations that immerse us in the challenges of both sides of the American story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The appearance of a new novel by Anne Tyler is like the arrival of an old friend . . . With her 17th novel, Tyler has delivered something startlingly fresh while retaining everything we love about her work . . . Her success at portraying culture clash and the complex longings and resentments of those new to America confirms what we knew, or should have known, all along: There’s nothing small about Tyler’s world, nothing precious about her attention to the hopes and fears of ordinary people. Ron Charles, Washington Post Book World“Ms. Tyler deserves her reputation as a master of the fine threads of human relationships. The barely registered slights, fleeting intuitions and shivers of pity that pass between these characters are a pleasure to behold.
  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eva Silverstone | 2/17/2014

    " I thought I wouldn't like this book at first because the characters are whiny about eachother but I grew to like them and enjoyed the nuances. I particularly liked Maryam and her feelings of "otherness" and also descriptions of her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jay | 2/10/2014

    " Well written story nominally about adoption but yielding to a parenting story then to a culture clash love story. Funny bits about pacifier habit breaking and the deeper meaning to "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain". Fine for a family drama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ray Charbonneau | 1/23/2014

    " Good characterizations. Too bad there wasn't much of a plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenny | 1/13/2014

    " This was an interesting story, but the author just didn't do it for me...it could have been so much better. "

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