Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events: First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by  Socrates Book Reviews; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s feature is Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler.


Intro:  You have to wonder what goes through the mind of a man like Micah Mortimer.  He lives alone; he keeps to himself; his routine is etched in stone.  At seven fifteen every morning you see him set out on his run.  Along about ten or ten thirty he slaps the magnetic TECH HERMIT sign onto the roof of his Kia.  The times he leaves on his calls will vary, but not a day seems to go by without several clients requiring his services.


Teaser:  He supposed she would disappear from his world now.  Out of sight and forgotten, never to be seen again, the same as Lorna and the others. (66%).


Synopsis:  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.


I love this author, so I am eager to read her newest book.  What do you think?



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