- Publication Date:
- 03 November 1992
- Modern & Contemporary
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It is 1960's America, and the Bedloes are the all-American family living in Baltimore with three kids: Claudia, Danny, and Ian. Ian is 17, a popular senior in high school with a pretty girlfriend, raging hormones, a bit of an attitude, and a touch of laziness thrown in for good measure. One night, Ian lets his temper and poor judgment act on his behalf and believes he is the cause of the tragedy that ensues. Wonderful book about the repercussions there are from words that are spoken carelessly, never to be taken back, and also forgiveness, especially of yourself. Beautifully written with characters, all of them, that the reader truly cares about. Was sad to see it end.
I don't want to say much about the plot here as I read it without having a clue and not knowing where it was going was good. Roughly, it's 25ish years in the life of a Baltimore family. It's ten perfect chapters - each could stand alone as a short story but they build up to a fantastic whole novel. Bite them off one at a time and savour them.
This may very well be my most favorite book ever. The characters are just like the people I know in real life. Not all goofy wishy/washy like some other novels. And they act just like real people. Meaning they don't pull guns on each other or do anything else fantastical.Can I give a book 10 stars?
This is my second favorite of all Anne Tyler's novels, surpassed only by Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant -- which has mysteriously disappeared from my bookshelves, possibly lost in a move somewhere along the way, or recklessly lent to someone & never returned.... If you see it, please send it home! :-)
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