Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Book - 2020
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
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"Tyler's novels are always worth scooping up--but especially this gently amusing soother, right now." --NPR

From the beloved 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525658412
0525658416
Branch Call Number: TYLER A
Characteristics: 177 pages ; 25 cm

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As always, Tyler tells a small story that turns out to be a big story. And she does with an economy of exquisitely chosen words. -Randi, Sub Squad


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JCLKellyD Feb 20, 2021

This was the first Anne Tyler book I've read. It took me a few chapters to decide if I wanted to continue reading it but because it's on the shorter side and was moving along quickly, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It had a 'A Man Called Ove' vibe to it. I loved how Micah grew through the story, reminding us that we're never really finished growing. We always have something to learn from someone else.

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orangelibrarycard
Feb 13, 2021

Red-head is just OK. The good news is it's really short. Not until Chapter 6 did it start to seem like a funny Anne Tyler novel. The main character, Micah, is interesting enough, and mildly amusing with his strict habits and ordinary life. Micah has 5 or 6 sisters, *all* of whom are waitresses. Seems like a good ploy for interesting relationships and character-building, but the sisters are relegated to an excuse for Micha's reluctance to spend much time with his family. Ah the long-suffering male protagonist. This is quite a minor irritating point, but I noticed excessive use of the word "shucking" (of blazers, of coats). When you notice the writing like that, you're not having much enjoyment reading. If you haven't read any Anne Tyler novels, pick up some of her older ones.

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 10, 2021

Very, very much an Ann Tyler book, and although it was published in 2020 if the occupation of the main character was changed to maybe TV repairman, substituted land-lines for cell phones, and left out the computer references the story could be taking place in the 80's during Ann Tyler's hey-day. She retains her ability to illustrate personalities and the complexities of family lives through conversations and socializations, which is very enjoyable, but at the same time the story-line here is a little thin.

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1weekand1fortnight
Jan 05, 2021

Very funny joke on pages 152-3 of the hardback copy

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l_langer
Dec 14, 2020

Meh. I would write a longer review but there really wasn't much to this book. The main character is a "Tech Hermit" which is incidentally the name of his business. This book read so fast I finished it in a day. There really was no development of the characters and the book is slightly depressing because the main character is basically starting to realize he is getting older (the college girlfriend he once had has a kid who is in college now himself) and he is so finicky, he can't seem to really get into a serious relationship. I wouldn't recommend this book (especially now when we need to look outside of ourselves a bit and appreciate other people) and it will be something I will probably forget about in a couple of days.

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Library_Becky
Nov 10, 2020

I really have always like Anne Tyler, but this was pretty thin.

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mtipping
Nov 02, 2020

Better than her other more recent books.

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blcwrites
Oct 15, 2020

I agree - not my favorite Anne Tyler. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is the best in my reading world. I found the resolutions way too fast and was happy that the ending left readers open to possibilities and not a happy ever after conclusion. I do think the way she looks at people from the inside and the outside is wonderful - you can picture them and their MO. Here's a great line from the novel "Women kept the world running, really. (There was a definite difference between "running the world" and "Keeping it running." Yes, indeed.

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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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ArapahoeStaff26 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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