Families are messy and imperfect and Anne Tyler has spent a lifetime telling the stories of the most interesting of families. French Braid is no exception and in it we follow the Garretts from the 1950s to the present pandemic. This is a family whose individuals sacrifice and are also selfish, care deeply and chose to ignore. Tyler creates beautifully complex characters that you may not love, but you’ll definitely remember.
French Braid by Anne Tyler (List Price: $27, Knopf, 9780593321096, March 2022)
Reviewed by Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia