This book was so wonderful that you wish you hadn't read it....so you could totally experience it again!!!
As always, Tyler out does her self..Great novel
Ben Joe Hawkes is a worrier. He has been raised in a family of women and during a phone call with his mother, he learns that one of his sisters has taken her baby and left her husband. Ben Joe's worry for his sister propels him home again; away from law school and stability to the confusion of childhood memories and unforseen love.
I enjoyed this book - Ms Tyler's first. In my opinion, it was a little light on plot but very well-written. I give it an A!
His name is Ben Joe Hawkes, and hes been surrounded by women all his life, with a proud mother, incorrigible grandmother and a flock of busy sisters. Ben Joe has always been an outsider-and a worrier. Now hes come home from law school, and surprisingly enough, this crazy visit to the frontlines of his childhood home sens Ben Joe into an exhilerating battle with his own heart- where unforseen love demands his surrender.
Ben Joe Hawkes is a worrier. Raised by his mother, grandmother, and a flock of busy sisters, he's always felt the outsider. When he learns that one of his sisters has left her husband, he heads for home and back into the confusion of childhood memories and unforseen love....
Although I have read Ann Tyler books that were more captivating, this one was just okay, and I stayed with it to the end, when, at times I wanted to stop reading it. The characters seemed a bit shallow, self-serving and almost outrageous at times. I kept waiting for the main character to grow up and live his life, instead of wallowing in the past and just kind of emotionally drifting.
I found this book to be an interesting love story. Not your "normal" romance novel. I enjoyed it. I like Anne Tyler's writing style very much.
I read this book many years ago, so I don't remember details. I did like it though, but recall not as much as some of her other books.
A very good story about a boys family.
Ben Joe Hawkes comes from a fairly large, blindly cheerful family that never seems to know when to get upset. Raised by women - a proud mother, and incorrigible grandmother, and a flock of busy sisters - Ben Joe has always been an outsider of sorts, and a chronic worrier.
Then a casual telephone conversation with his mom, in which he discovers that one of his sisters has taken her baby and left her husband, propels him back home - and into the confusion of childhood memories and unforseen love....
Anne Tyler is my favorite author. I love everything she writes.