Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

From the beloved and best-selling 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.

Title:Redhead by the Side of the Road
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525658412
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  • Emily May

    The only place I went wrong, he writes, was expecting things to be perfect. I remember being in my early teens in school and our English teacher making us read Anne Tyler's Digging to America. I reme...

  • Angela M

    As a long time fan of Anne Tyler, I was excited to read an advanced copy of her newest novel which takes us back to her beloved Baltimore with another quirky character and I wasnt disappointed. I coul...

  • Paromjit

    Anne Tyler excels in her grasp of the low key ordinary everyday lives of her characters and their relationships, as she demonstrates in this beautifully observed and astute novel that focuses on 44 ye...

  • Will Byrnes

    Sometimes when he was dealing with people, he felt like he was operating one of those claw machines on a boardwalk, those shovel things where you tried to scoop up a prize but the controls were too u...

  • Ceecee

    Micah Mortimer, 44, is a creature of habit, routine and precision. He has few friends although hes always cordial and perfectly polite to everyone. His life has stalled somewhat as hes the super of a ...

  • Jill

    Anne Tyler has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to the world, exposing us to all our foibles and strangeness and disconnections, and giving us the power to love ourselves anyway.Witness her lat...

  • Tammy

    Perception is reality. I think that statement is debatable but Tylers novel is very much about perception and how our reality can change in a second. A middle-aged man lives his life by adhering to a ...

  • Esil

    Anne Tyler is such a great student of human emotions and interactions. Redhead by the Side of the Road is no exception. The story focuses on Micah, who lives by himself in a basement apartment, adheri...

  • Toni

    If there ever was a time to read an Anne Tyler novel, especially this novel, its now. Take comfort in Annes warm prose, her ambling pace, and her average-man type characters, who go about daily life a...

  • Mary Lins

    Full disclosure, and borrowing from Stephen Kings Misery but not in a CREEPY way - Im Anne Tylers biggest fan. I think shes the Jane Austen of our time. So its no surprise that I was poised to love h...