Anne Tyler (October 25, 1941) is one of the most famous American novelists, winning a Pulitzer for Breathing Lessons, in 1989. She was born in Minnesota and now lives in Baltimore. The author of The Accidental Tourist, which won a National Book Award, (1985) is averse to interviews. NPR felt honored to have the opportunity to do one in 2012. One thing we learned then was that she hoped when she died, it would be when she had a new cat.