Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Published: 1. First lines. 2. Cover: Penguin 3. Man on stairs [Public Domain] via PxHere

Micah is an 44-year-old computer technician who runs his tech business from a basement cellar in Baltimore. He is a creature of habit and when a teenager arrives on his doorstep claiming to be his son, and when his girlfriend faces eviction from her apartment with nowhere to go, Micah starts to feel that his stable life is becoming unbalanced.

“Why! he always thought to himself. What was that little redhead doing by the side of the road?”

BOOK SNAPS: “Suffused with feeling and very moving” (Kirkus), this book is a very comfortable read. The reader is drawn to the characters who seem very realistic because they are not perfect especially the main character Micah. The Washington Post doesn’t agree: “the mold growing on Micah’s airless character seems to have spread to the narration itself. These characters are a series of moderately eccentric poses presented without much wit or psychological insight.”

Quotes:


“I’m a roomful of broken hearts,”

“The thing about old girlfriends, Micah reflected, is that each one subtracts something from you. You say goodbye to your first great romance and move on to the next, but you find you have less to give to the next. A little chip of you has gone missing; you’re not quite so wholly there in the new relationship.”

“Sometimes when he was dealing with people, he felt like he was operating one of those claw machines on a boardwalk, those shovel things where you tried to scoop up a prize but the controls were too unwieldy and you worked at too great a remove.”

Author: Anne Tyler


Awards: Booker Prize Nominee for Longlist (2020)



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