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Redhead by the Side of the Road

Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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From the best-selling author of A Spool of Blue Thread, an offbeat love story about missteps, second chances and the elusive art of human connection.

Micah Mortimer isn’t the most polished person you’ll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work – his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car - maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15 every morning). He is content with the steady balance of his life.

But then the order of things starts to tilt. His woman friend Cassia (he refuses to call anyone in her late 30s a ‘girlfriend’) tells him she’s facing eviction because of a cat. And when a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle.  

Redhead by the Side of the Road is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach - and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.

©2020 Anne Tyler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Gentle

I have always loved anne Tyler’s stories and haven’t read her for a while. What a gentle easy read. No fishy cuffs or gun fights. The protagonist is not a murderer nor a huge personality. He is a gentle loaner who gets it all wrong sad really.

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  • 26-04-2020

Wonderful and poignant

I listened to this book in one session in my garden in Canterbury, Kent UK on a glorious spring day. We are in lockdown because of COVID-19, but I was able to be in another place for a while, which was blissful. Beautifully read, and Anne Tyler is so adept at observing and reflecting on human nature in a way that makes me smile outside and inside. Superb.

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  • bookylady
  • 19-05-2020

Anne Tyler does it again.

You can always rely on Anne Tyler to come up with a quirky way to look at family life and this novel is no exception. Her novels are usually based on the lives of ordinary people who find themselves in unusual or extraordinary circumstances. Life-changing events are often involved and Tyler expertly draws out the humanity in these events and in the methods/solutions characters adopt to resolve their difficulties.
In this story Tyler chooses to focus on a man, Micah Mortimer, who appears to have a 'little' life, stuck in a rut though he does not know it and finding personal relationships quite difficult to navigate. His family and neighbours describe him as odd but his customers (he runs a computing business) love him. His girlfriend clearly cares for him but has no idea where she stands with him. For Micah, a tech geek, college dropout and confirmed bachelor, life is all about routines and sticking to them. That is until one day he returns home from his normal morning run to find a young man sitting on his doorstep. The young man, Brink, turns Micah's world upside -down and forces him to reassess everything he thought he knew about his life and dealing with other people.
This is a masterpiece in spare writing, in succinct prose and in keeping things simple. Very, very good and one of Anne Tyler's best. It is not very long but it does prove the point that quality is always preferable to quantity.

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  • Gail Sheppard
  • 24-04-2020

anne tyler on top form

brilliant Anne Tyler at her best with her usual astute observation of people's everyday lives which show how much drama there is. beautifully observed characters and such wonderful family conversations.

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  • pennyforthem
  • 02-05-2020

Really enjoyed this.

This is lovely. Gentle funny, well observed and very well narrated. Also not too long.

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  • Catriona
  • 17-04-2020

an easy listening story..

sometimes witty, easy to listen to story about life in middle America. mica, his relationship issues and his haphazard but loving family.

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  • Liz Scully
  • 17-04-2020

Another bewitching Tyler novel

Short enough to be a novella, but rich enough with missed opportunities that I can feel it still unfolding after I've finished it.

Filled with the trademark Tyler rich characters, I whiizzed through this in one sitting. It ends a little abruptly and is fairly short, but those are my only quibbles. Though I did rather want to slap the teenager for being so entitled, but rather par for the course really.

Strongly recommend whether you're new to her novels or a long time fan like me. It's veery lovely