Discuss the title of the novel.
The novel Anna Karenina famously begins with the quote ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Discuss the way that Anne Tyler portrays family life in the light of this quote.
The family home is almost as much of a character in the novel as the family members themselves. Why do you think this is?
Discuss the structure of the novel and the use of stories from the past in telling the story of the family.