Redhead by the Side of the Road
From the beloved Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection.
“Just finished listening to Anne Tyler's newest novel: Redhead by the Side of the Road and wished it was longer! It's a lovely little appetizer of a story about Micah the Tech Hermit, a 40 something, very private man whose daily structure comprises his whole life. Each day set aside for a certain housekeeping task, everything fits into nice little categories, including the Traffic God, who he hears in his head while driving to his tech appointments. He carefully tries to manage his life in the same very tidy way. Of course life isn't always like that, as Micah discovers, and as things get messier he must learn to adapt or find himself very alone. Told in Tyler's humorous, gifted way of looking at human nature, leaves the listener wanting more.”Anne, The King's English Bookshop
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.
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