The Tin Can Tree

The Tin Can Tree

by Anne Tyler


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“Anne Tyler writes like an angel.” —USA Today

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449911891
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1996
Series: First Ballantine Books Trade Ed
Edition description: REISSUE
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 428,239
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

ANNE TYLER is the author of more than twenty novels. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1941

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota


B.A., Duke University, 1961

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The Tin Can Tree 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing as a fan of anme tyler i expected much much more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story felt so real. The characters were like family within a.few pages. I loved every minute reading this tender story. The theme and tone so reminded me of Our Town. This reminds again that each person is precious and life should be treasured.
mhgatti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a very strong plot, but Tyler puts strong characters around it and creates a yet another remarkable novel.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn¿t think that this novel lived up to the strength of Tyler¿s other publications. It concerns the aftermath of a little girl¿s accidental death and its effects on the people who live in the same house: her family and neighbors. While the prose and characterization, as always, are strong, the story isn¿t that compelling. It just seems to amble along to no spot in particular.
Alirambles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was underwhelmed by this story of a community coping with their grief after a child dies. It was extremely slow moving, especially the dialogue, in which people find many uses for the word, "Well," and decide out loud what to have for dinner and where to sit. It's all very poignant but after a while you just want them to get on with things. Which is sort of Tyler's point--that the people need to get on with things. So, she makes that point. Because these people don't. Well.Eventually things happen to the people and you begin to see movement and character development but in the meantime there are pages and pages of people having tea and then the book ends and you put it down and say: "Well. Another book, read."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel touches on all the emotions of a human being when faced with the tragedy of a death. Joan is a great character definetly the best.