"Tyler is steadily raising a body of fiction of major dimensions."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. And it is then that Jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jaremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn--especially when he's falling in love....
From the Paperback edition.
The hero of this fine novel, a deeply eccentric and agorophobic artist named Jeremy Pauling, is based loosely on Tyler herself, who confesses to a touch of agorophobia. The novel tells the story of Jeremy's relationship with Mary Tell, the woman he takes in as a boarder whose love and protectiveness make him, paradoxically, worse--and change his art forever. Told from six different points of view, CELESTIAL NAVIGATION is full of--in Gail Godwin's words--the "oddballs, visionaries, lonely souls" who invariably populate Tyler's fiction. It is also about the eternal struggle between life and art, the artist's difficulty in reconciling the two, and the frustrations such a struggle imposes on the lives of those who care about him.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Art + Architecture, Business + Careers + Occupations, General, Conflicts + Dualities, Settings, Psychology, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior
- August 1, 1996
- August 1, 1996
- Anne Tyler