A Slipping-Down Life
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Anne Tyler has off days, the woman who couldn’t write a bad novel, has underperformed with ‘A Slipping-Down Life’. In her defence, it was one of her earlier books, written in ’69, so she was only 28, closer in age to Evie Decker & Bertam ‘Drumstrings’ Casey, who start the novel at 17 & 19 respectively. And we know that AT does her best work with middle-aged women, vis Ladder of Years, Back when we were Grownups and Breathing Lessons (ed. and what about middle-aged men, the sublime Accidental Tourist). OK, that is all the Tyler books I’ve read so far, but I *will* continue to go through her back catalogue.
The other thing that’s unusual for AT, is that this is a shortish book (154 pages), so she doesn’t really have time to work with the material and develop the main protagonists; not that there seems very far to go with them anyway. I think we see more than enough of the shiftless Drumstrings, and Evie reaches a 'coming of age' of sorts, taking control of her own destiny. On the positive side, we do start to see AT’s great ear for dialogue & measured pace, and the stripping-down to the basics of character (and character flaws) & storyline.
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A wee RABiCK for a new Tyler convert. Not her best (IMHO), but still better than the rest...