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.
ISBN: 9780525658412
0525658416
Branch Call Number: F TYLER
Characteristics: 177 pages ; 25 cm

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msg91750
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.

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ceudmilefailte
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.

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library00781633
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!

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Urbano
Aug 22, 2020

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

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abbib_0
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.

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laphampeak
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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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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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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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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