(Breathing Lessons, Noah’s Compass, Back When We Were Grown-ups, Digging to America, The Accidental Tourist)
In Tyler’s novels the characters are most important—all of the action in her books revolve around the characters who populate them. She has a gift for creating characters who are immediately recognizable and relatable, presenting them to the reader with affection. Family life, whether comic or tragic, is the primary theme of her novels. Tyler often emphasizes and explores familial relationships in her stories.
If you enjoy Anne Tyler, try:
Eudora Welty (she was Tyler’s mentor, and it shows in their similarity of style, most of all that rambling, old-fashioned feel. Try The Ponder Heart for a wonderful character-centered story)
Alice Hoffman (if you enjoy Tyler’s focus on relationships and family, you might like Hoffman’s work. Try beginning with Practical Magic)
Nancy Willard (if you enjoy the way that Tyler makes everyday things seem extraordinary, you might appreciate Willard’s style—try Things Invisible to See)
John Irving (if you like the literary quality of Tyler’s writing as well as her characters, Irving’s The Cider House Rules or A Prayer for Owen Meany might appeal to you)