Celestial Navigation Author:Anne Tyler Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below, until her death. And it is then that Jeremy is forced to take in Mary Tell and her child as boarders. Mary is unaware o... more »f how much courage it takes Jeremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn -- especially when he's falling in love....« less
Don't get me wrong, I love Anne Tyler. I think I have read most of her books over the years, but somehow this one had slipped through the cracks. Let's just say that this was not her best effort. The characters just never seemed to make any sense at all, and were really not even believable human beings. Tyler can portray madness better than most (and that is part of why I love her), but this book was just out in left field. I will give it three stars (a stretch) simply because I love everything else I've read by her.
What a fitting title. Some of the most unusual and interesting characters Anne Tyler has ever created. As usual you need to keep reading because you know there is something surprising around the next corner.