A slim volume that I had to plow through, populated by the most boring group of Southern gothics that I was ever introduced to. I stuck with it simply because I wanted to see if anything ever happened to these people. People Magazine says, "To read a novel by Anne Tyler is to fall in love." After a brief infatuation with a great title, I can truthfully say, I did not fall in love with this novel.
A death in the family and only Joan kept up the rhythms of life, waiting for the others to return from their private places of grief. They would all return, but one: James, her future, held hostage by a survivor jealous of the dead.
The hallmark of Anne Tyler's novels is that she takes on the minutiae of everyday life. When it works well, it's an amazing voyage into the hidden hearts of ordinary people. When it doesn't work well, it's boring as heck. This one doesn't work well. The characters are mostly reacting -- or not -- to the accidental death of a neighborhood child, but mostly they just move around on the stage having inconsequential conversations, ending up right back where they started.
Anne Tyler's great story that reads like Faulkner but resonates like only Tyler can.
I am an awe of Anne Tyler she is such a phenomanal writer.
This story focuses on the Pikes and the loss of their 6 yr old daughter and how the rest of the family, including their 10 yr old son, is left to move on--or try to WOW
This was one of Anne Tyler's first novels. There is an interesting interview with her at the end of the book. It's not one of her best, but her books are always good.
In Anne Tyler's second novel you can see the makings of the great author she will become. The characters are interesting and a little off center, the story a little sad and also hopeful. As the quote on the back says, 'To read Anne Tyler is to fall in love." I've been in love with her writing ever since I read the "Accidental Tourist" years ago.