Liam Pennywell has spent most of his life dodging issues and skirting adventure when suddenly, in his sixty-first year, something happens that jolts him out of his certainty and leaves him with a frightening gap in his memory.
In trying to piece together what took place on his first night in a new apartment, Liam finds instead an unusual woman with secrets of her own, and a late-flowering love that brings its own set of thorny problems...
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As exquisitely observed and quietly brilliant as the rest of Tyler's fiction - Guardian
Anne Tyler draws a comedy that is not so much brilliant as luminous - its observant sharpness sweetened by a generous understanding of human fallibility - Daily Telegraph
Noah's Compass is immensely readable. It displays many of Tyler's finest qualities: her sharp observation of humanity, her wry comedy; the luminous accuracy of her descriptions... a novel by Anne Tyler is cause for celebration - Sunday Telegraph
Anne Tyler is a novelist who has elevated pitch-perfect observation of everyday detail into an art form... a beautifully subtle book, an elegant contemplation of what it means to be happy and the consequences of a defensive withdrawal from other people - Observer
One of my favourite authors, one of the very few I rush out to buy in hardback. - Mail on Sunday
A brilliant writer... Funny, wise, tragic. - Independent
Tyler brings a scorching wisdom, an understanding of what breaks the human spirit, and the ways in which people try to paper the cracks...Limpidly, singingly written, with dialogue to break a scriptwriter's heart - The Sunday Herald
Prose is as bright and pretty as in her best work. The dialogue crackles and there are insightful observations about the way families create stories to explain themselves - The Times
Her novels have a grace and an emotional depth that few romances can match - Sunday Times
Compassionate and funny dissection of the workings of the human heart - Woman & Home
Sharply funny, and tenderly wise - Marie Claire
A prize of a novel, readable yet with a mood of autumnal sadness liable to sit on the reader's chest for some time after the book is finished...Tyler has her own internal compass and knows just where to steer her narrative arc - The Herald
Tyler's deft hand at human comedy keeps you entertained the whole time - Evening Standard
Wonderfully imagined exploration of memory, loss, and relationships, and how we look at our pasts - The Lady
Her sterling talent for composing an enthralling story, skilfully paced and enlivened by more than one startling, but eminently satisfying, plot twist, is on display here' - Irish Times
Sensitively drawn characters - Psychologies
As always with Tyler, the prose flows sweetly from page to page, conjuring up characters so believable you want to thump them - Time Out
Written with such heart and humour you'll ration the pages in the hope that it will never end - Good Housekeeping
Another heartfelt, evocative novel from Tyler - RED
Anne Tyler is always good value, and this novel, replete with subtle ironies, is characteristic of her lucid style. - Mail on Sunday
Has the surer touch than almost all of the twice as famous among the American novelists of her generation - Times Literary Supplement
Tyler has composed a four-act drama in the form of a novel. There is nothing extraneous and nothing overly dramatic here, and in that lies her very considerable strength as a writer - Guardian
Reading Tyler's novels often feels like slipping into favourite pyjamas: her 18th is just as comfortable and comforting. Combining a light-hearted David Lodge-like meditation on old age with the domestic dysfunction of a soap set in Middle American, her simple, nuanced prose reveals some lovely twists. - Daily Mail
Tyler brilliantly anatomises everyday life... Her novels have emotional depth and engaging with her characters is a pleasure - Sunday Times
Born in Minneapolis in 1941, Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and Noah's Compass. She has recently received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books.