Favorite Books: Anne Tyler likes three books that have kindness in abundance.

From a Wall Street Journal roundup headlined “Leaders in Literature, Politics, and Art Share Their Favorite Books of 2020″—this is from Anne Tyler:

Nowadays, I’m feeling there is just too much event in life. That’s why I find myself looking for books that focus less on what happens than on how it’s described. Imagine my happiness, then, in discovering Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Parakeet,” a novel about a bride with the worst case of cold feet I’ve ever heard of, told in language that’s endlessly surprising.

Ann Napolitano’s “Dear Edward” does feature one event—the cataclysm that sets the story in motion. The author makes inspired choices about what to reveal and when, and the result is a deeply moving study of how a young boy learns to endure tragedy.

Finally, there is Elizabeth Berg’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” her memoir about dealing with her parents’ old age. It is both heartbreaking and hopeful, and the language is unfailingly kind. In fact, that’s what I’m asking of books these days: kindness. All three of these have kindness in abundance.

Ms. Tyler is the author, most recently, of “Redhead by the Side of the Road,” a novel.

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