Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler


Dear Fellow Readers,

Another message from Coronaville. It is possible to get used to this uncertainty. No, I guess it isn’t. If you, like me have some days that are harder than others. The problem is not when we can go out again but will be go out again. To be perfectly honest, I spent a lot of time home before working so while this is different, it might be easier for me. On the other hand, Silent Sam (husband) it torn between how much he misses the office and worries about going back and getting sick. Which makes me wonder about the fallout from all of this. Political and economic. But this book review is not the place for my thoughts on that so let’s move on.


Because I want to support my local bookstore (which is fantastic), I have purchased more books than usual. In some ways not heartbreaking for me but I had put the brakes on buying books. (I just have a tendency to buy too many and my TBR pile gets really high and Silent Sam starts giving me side-eye) But there is a pandemic and I want Boswell Books to stay in business. As a result, my reading of new releases is way up.

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Redhead by the Side of the Road is the new book by Anne Tyler. Here is my thought about Anne Tyler. She writes characters. She does a fantastic job of writing characters. I find her books to be character studies and they are excellent character studies. I don’t find them to be long on plot. And that is fine but if you want to read an epic story, she might not be your author of choice.

In Redhead by the Side of the Road, we meet Micah Mortimer. He is a bit of a loner and doesn’t understand people very well. He could be seen as not being ambitious but as you get to know him, it may be more that he doesn’t like authority very much. Not that he is a rebel, he just will go his own way. He works as the super in a building and has a computer repair business. He also wrote a computer handbook that is very popular. In the story, we learn about his habits, family, and we see a period in his life that turns his thoughts upside down.

The book was very enjoyable, and I wish it was longer. Not that I needed more of that story, I just didn’t want it to end. Oh, and while I know this is just my quirk, I loved that you know where the title comes from. (Yea, I do get irritated when I don’t understand what the title has to do with the book and I can’t remember the title then.)

Take care and be healthy.

Thanks for reading!

About Carol Early Cooney

I love to read. I love to share my thoughts on books and hope to hear what you think also. Looking to see what books I read beyond those I write about? Check out my Goodreads!
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