… the masculine psyche is a central Tyler concern and one that is not examined, as in the work of many women writers, from the perspective of a female character. Ever since her debut novel, If Morning Ever Comes (1964), a large proportion of her protagonists have been men, including the bereaved travel writer Macon Leary in The Accidental Tourist and the guilt-haunted Ian Bedloe in Saint Maybe (1991). Even the first-person narrative, the toughest test for the cross-dressing novelist, doesn't frighten her off. "I am a man you can trust," begins A Patchwork Planet (1998), in the voice of Barnaby Gaitlin, a troubled adolescent whose troubles return in middle-age.
Monday, April 16, 2012
… Why male readers love Anne Tyler's novels | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)