Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Large Print - 2020
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"Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend") tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes."-- Publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2020]
Edition: First Large Print Edition
ISBN: 9780593171592
Branch Call Number: TYLER A
Characteristics: 245 pages (large print) ; 24 cm


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Nov 10, 2020

I really have always like Anne Tyler, but this was pretty thin.

Nov 02, 2020

Better than her other more recent books.

Oct 15, 2020

I agree - not my favorite Anne Tyler. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is the best in my reading world. I found the resolutions way too fast and was happy that the ending left readers open to possibilities and not a happy ever after conclusion. I do think the way she looks at people from the inside and the outside is wonderful - you can picture them and their MO. Here's a great line from the novel "Women kept the world running, really. (There was a definite difference between "running the world" and "Keeping it running." Yes, indeed.

Sep 05, 2020

Booker Prize 2020 Long List

ontherideau Sep 01, 2020

An introspective study of someone else's life- if that makes any sense. Not my favorite Anne Tyler- the ending was meaningless to me.

Sep 01, 2020

I always enjoy Anne Tyler books. Yes, they are slower reads but when you are done reading, you really feel like you know the main characters as well as your best friend. It is never tedious reading but always a lot of insight with interesting perspectives on how people live and think.
It may not be my favorite book of hers but wouldn't miss reading it.

Aug 30, 2020

This is the only book I have ever read twice in 2 days. The 1st time I wasn't into it and found it boring. I realized immediately I likely missed something in my haste to get through it. I needed to read it slowly and absorb what was being said. The 2nd time around I loved it and could easily have read a 3rd. The point in this book every word and phrase counts!

Aug 22, 2020

So dull. Tyler used to be one of my favorite authors but this was boring.

Aug 20, 2020

Didn’t draw me in and had to force myself to read more; lots of ancillary details and flowery metaphors that didn’t contribute to the plot. The verbosity of it all made it boring, but the concept is cute. Would have been much better in a more concise short story format.

Aug 20, 2020

When the story came to an end on audiobook I thought I pressed a wrong button and missed the rest of the book. Up until the very end we get an account of an average man loving an average life with nothing of importance developing. The end was thrown in. Almost laughable.

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Feb 06, 2020

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ArapahoeAnnaL May 28, 2020

Accelerating, he dutifully pictured an egg beneath his gas pedal; braking he glided to an almost undetectable stop. And whenever some other driver decided at the last minute that he needed to switch to Micah's lane, you could count on Micah to slow down and turn his left palm upward in a courtly after-you gesture. "See that?" the guys at Traffic God would say to one another. "Fellow's manners are impeccable."


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