by Sukey HowardAugust, 2006
<b>Sukey's favorite</b>For decades, Anne Tyler's brilliant Baltimore-based novels have offered a unique lens that brings family life in contemporary America into sharp focus. Tyler is incisive, yet gentle and gently wry, her unaffected prose creating indelible images and characters. <b>Digging to America</b>, her latest, is a slight departure. Here, Tyler uses her talents to look at identity, inclusion, isolation, foreignness and finding one's real home. And it's all explored in a wonderfully engaging story of two multigenerational families one all-American, one Iranian-American who meet serendipitously at the airport as their adopted daughters arrive on the same plane from Korea and whose lives from then on become closely entwined. Blair Brown, always a fine reader, is in fantastic form here, effortlessly switching from broad Baltimore to subtle, Farsi-infused accents, giving each individual, male and female, emotional breadth and depth, making them so real you'll think of them as friends you don't want to lose.