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Baltimore-based author Anne Tyler has a new book coming out, and it’s partly set in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Publishers Marketplace announced that Knopf will publish Tyler’s next novel, entitled French Braid, in 2022. It describes the book as “going deep into one family’s joys and foibles, from their first (and last) vacation in 1959, through the generations up to our pandemic present.”

French Braid is one of 12 March book deals announced by Publishers Marketplace and involving celebrities and/or major fiction and non-fiction authors.

Others include “Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir,” which Joe Exotic (real name: Joseph Maldonado-Passage) is writing for Simon & Shuster’s Gallery Books imprint; “You Can’t Be Serious,” a collection of humorous stories by actor and former Obama White House staffer Kal Penn (real name: Kalpen Suresh Modi), also for Gallery; and “All In: An Autobiography” by tennis star Billie Jean King, to be published by Knopf.

French Braid will be the 24th novel by Tyler, who will turn 80 in October. Her previous books, set in Baltimore, include “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant,” “The Accidental Tourist,” and “Breathing Lessons.” Her most recent book was “Redhead by the Side of the Road,” published last year by Penguin Random House and coming out in paperback on March 30.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.