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By Anne Tyler

"Without Anne Tyler, American fiction will be an immeasurably bleaker place."
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Evie Decker is a shy, a bit of plump teen, lonely and silent. yet her quiet lifestyles is shattered whilst she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey at the radio and turns into immediately interested in him. She manages to fulfill him, bursting out of her lonely shell--and into the attentive gaze of the intangible guy who turns into all too real....

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