At 78, Anne Tyler might have what every writer wants: twenty-two novels to her name, many of which are New York Times bestsellers; a devoted and broad readership; nearly unanimous adoration from critics reinforced by the most prestigious literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize. Tyler, who is known for writing luminously about everyday dramas, was raised in a series of utopian experimental communities in the mountains. “You’re really an outsider when you come out of those, ” she says. Setting This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 45 Lisa Taddeo On writing the secret lives of women. Arts & Culture Issue 43 The Science of Fiction How Amazon is rewriting the novel. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Torrey Peters The Detransition, Baby author is living her best life. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Archive: Jean Stein Annick Weber chronicles the life of one of New York’s great storytellers. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Susanna Moore The sharp-eyed writer on high society and her supermodel past. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Nic Stone How can a young adult fiction author tackle racism, inequality and incarceration—but not rob teen readers of their optimism?