Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina.
She is the author of more than twenty novels. Her twentieth novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015.
Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989.
She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.