She went on to study Russian at Columbia, because "that was one of the most outrageous things you could do in America in the 1950s", and while she can't remember any of the language, she loved the literature, "the purity and clarity" of both Chekhov and Tolstoy, and regularly rereads Anna Karenina.
How is that possible? (To forget a language, I mean. Perhaps this is not quite what she said?)
Interview of Anne Tyler at the Guardian