Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in October 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University and Columbia University, New York and worked as a librarian and bibliographer before moving to Maryland.
She published her first book, If Morning Ever Comes, in 1964 and since then a new book has appeared every few years. Tyler’s ninth novel, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1983. The Accidental Tourist was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was made into a movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis. Breathing Lessons won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Ladder of Years was shortlisted for the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in 1996, and Digging for America was shortlisted for the same prize in 2007.