Tale of family in Baltimore whose matriarch is in early stage of dementia. The novel goes back and forth between three generations. A typical Anne Tyler novel, but definately not one of her best in my opinion. I think she needed a better editor – especially the sections going back to the 1940s towards the end. yawner. This was the first book I ever listened all the way through “on tape” in the car – actually on Overdrive on an iPad. We listened to it 15 hours out of our recent 17 hour straight drive from FLA. Painful – but doable. It took us another week and a half listening driving to and from work. Maybe that influenced my opinion… but I doubt it.
Anne Tyler is definately one of my favorite authors and I’m pretty sure I’ve read all of her novels. Anne Tyler trivia: she is now 73 years old; Her first novel was published in 1963; she has published 20 novels; She won the Pulitzer for Breathing Lessons in 1988 (so good); She doesn’t do book tours or interviews.
PJH Rating: ***1/2