Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

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"From the beloved and best-selling Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection. 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, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525658429
0525658424
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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prosecco
Aug 05, 2020

I always look forward to reading Anne Tyler and have been doing so since the late eighties. She always provides a most interesting perspective on the marginalized and the human condition within our society.

I found her most recent book to be significantly brief. It felt as if I had read a short story.

There was no time for more character or plot development. I enjoyed reading about Micah the tech Hermit and his lot in life however, wished that there had been more substance to the characters and issues within the scope of the book.

All in all it was somewhat of a disappointment.

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nronda
Aug 02, 2020

This was a disappointment! What a waste of time!!

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Inga57
Jul 27, 2020

Anne Tyler’s books are like old friends that last through the ages. Such a friendly atmosphere resonating with everyone who reaches for her novels. This latest work is sweet, short, and refreshing.

We meet a host of characters each with their own distinct personalities. While Micah reminded me of a young ‘Ove’, his siblings and their family gatherings are a theatrical ruckus experience with laughter and chaos. How is it possible they grew up in the same house with the same parents?

Cass is a fourth-grade school teacher whose three-year relationship with Micah may have reached its expiration . . . or has it?

And Brink, the son of Micah’s college sweetheart who wants to believe Micah is his biological father. But how is that even possible?

Micah, a.k.a., the Tech Hermit, is self-employed, fixes people’s computers, and lives in the basement of his apartment building rent-free in exchange for taking on the responsibilities as the building supervisor.

The 'Redhead by the Side of the Road' fools Micah every morning whilst he engages in his running ritual in Baltimore. Could it be his eyesight? You’ll have to read the book to discover the meaning of this rather strange title. Enjoy!

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katroh
Jul 23, 2020

I have always loved Anne Tyler’s books but this one is just not anywhere near the quality of her earlier books. There was never any real character development and, for me, no real empathy for the characters. It makes me very sad she wrote this book.

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maipenrai
Jul 18, 2020

I fell in love with the writing of Anne Tyler more than 50 years ago. I am afraid my expectations for her novels is so high, that I set myself up for disappointment. I liked this book, but it did not have the poignancy and multiple character developments of other novels. I still recommend it as the writing surpasses that of so many other authors. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Carolwagers
Jul 17, 2020

Typical Tyler: a loveable misfit follows his own rigid schedule, avoiding interactions with others as much as possible. When his girlfriend breaks off with him he has a crisis of confidence & loses ability to function well. Love makes all end well. That is pretty much Tyler's outline for every one of her books. I keep reading her because her writing is so skillful, hoping that perhaps she'll find a new storyline someday. So far I've been disappointed.

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reedvm
Jun 23, 2020

Not very good

ArapahoeAnnaL May 28, 2020

With spare prose Tyler beautifully captures her characters, their manner of speaking, thoughts, physicality. As she confides her doubts about her protagonist's life the reader is drawn in. This short novel is sweet in the best sense of the word. I don't recommend the audio version.

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jenkeely73
May 19, 2020

Tyler's writing is always so soothing to me. Having read her previous books, I expected to be absorbed by this story. The main character is so interesting and Tyler fleshes out the side characters so well, I can see and hear them clearly. I'm thinking in particular of his neighbor, an aging woman who keeps trying her luck at online dating. The surprising thing about this story is its brevity. It all seems to be content that is building up to the really meaty part of the story. Instead, it IS the story and just ends. It is almost as if Tyler had ideas for some characters and how they might all go together but didn't really want to put in the effort to writing a full-length story about them. I did enjoy it and it passed the time for me as I listened on my walks, but if I had bought a hard copy of this book, I would have been disappointed.

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peacebenow
May 11, 2020

The writing in this story was great but I found the plot a little boring. I didn't connect w/ the characters well. Micah, Brink and many of the others seemed to be stuck in mud. I kept wanting Micah to try and repair his relationship Cass as soon as she departed. Still a Tyler fan.

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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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