The Tin Can Tree

A Novel

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"To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love." —PEOPLE

In this novel filled with "emotional power" (The New York Times), in the small town of Larksville, the Pike family is hopelessly out of step with the daily rhythms of life. Mrs. Pike seldom speaks, while Mr. Pike maintains a forced stoicism. Only their ten-year-old, Simon, seems able to acknowledge that their world has changed. He just doesn’t understand why.

The Pikes may choose to stand still, to hide from an unnameable past, but the strange shroud over their home cannot be contained. Soon it’s inching its way toward their neighbors, where brothers Ansel and James will have to confront their own dark secrets if they want to bring their neighborhood back out into the light.


“Deceptively simple, hauntingly real, a glowing talent.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Tyler has selected material slight enough to be controlled completely, and squeezed more emotional power from it than one would have thought it contained.” —The New York Times

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