Redhead By The Side Of The Road
From the beloved and best-selling Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection. 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.

Redhead By The Side Of The Road Details

TitleRedhead By The Side Of The Road
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
ISBN-139780525658412
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Redhead By The Side Of The Road Review

  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow; closer to publish date ~ April 2020. I'll be back.Request on Netgalley now.
  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    "Redhead by the Side of the Road" came to such an abrupt end that I thought there must be a mistake and I was only sent an excerpt to review. The novel is building up in the classic Anne Tyler fashion of carefully inspooling each character and showing us their foibles and loveability, but then . . .the end, just as I was getting into it and seeing all the directions the story could go. What there is in "Redhead" is a good start, there just needed to be more. Please.3.5 stars.~~Candace Siegle, "Redhead by the Side of the Road" came to such an abrupt end that I thought there must be a mistake and I was only sent an excerpt to review. The novel is building up in the classic Anne Tyler fashion of carefully inspooling each character and showing us their foibles and loveability, but then . . .the end, just as I was getting into it and seeing all the directions the story could go. What there is in "Redhead" is a good start, there just needed to be more. Please.3.5 stars.~~Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader
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  • Sally Stieglitz
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big Anne Tyler fan, but I didn't connect much with this slow moving novel about a middle aged handyman/computer tech who navigates through life on a routine until he finds that tried and true routine is no longer working for him. The character, Micah, has the same internal voice, it seems to me, as the main character in Tyler's previous book, The Clock Winder, only that character was older and female. It just rang false to me that that a 40-ish man in 2019 had these quaint expressions and I am a big Anne Tyler fan, but I didn't connect much with this slow moving novel about a middle aged handyman/computer tech who navigates through life on a routine until he finds that tried and true routine is no longer working for him. The character, Micah, has the same internal voice, it seems to me, as the main character in Tyler's previous book, The Clock Winder, only that character was older and female. It just rang false to me that that a 40-ish man in 2019 had these quaint expressions and thoughts. Recommended for serious Tyler fans...all others, read Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
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  • James Beggarly
    January 1, 1970
    After twenty plus books, it’s like spending time with an old friend as soon as you open one of her books. A friend who has the sharpest eye and a wonderful sense of humor. Micah, a man in his early forties, who comes from a messy and loud family of four sisters, has done everything he can to lead a quiet and neat life. It’s fun to watch life start to come at Micah and to see how he deals with it and how it can’t help but change who he is and what he wants.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say about a perfect little novel? Every word is meaningful, every sentence presents perfect descriptions. This is the story of Micah, an exacting man, living alone and having limited contact with the outside world. Even his company name is a perfect title for his life, TECH HERMIT. He does have a family, described in a few pages, but giving such clarity (and smiles) to the reader. Tyler is able to describe them and allow us to understand why Micah is who he is. He has a “lady friend” What can I say about a perfect little novel? Every word is meaningful, every sentence presents perfect descriptions. This is the story of Micah, an exacting man, living alone and having limited contact with the outside world. Even his company name is a perfect title for his life, TECH HERMIT. He does have a family, described in a few pages, but giving such clarity (and smiles) to the reader. Tyler is able to describe them and allow us to understand why Micah is who he is. He has a “lady friend” but resists a close relationship. A young stranger comes to his door and shakes up his life. Perhaps, Micah isn’t truly a hermit? I love Tyler’s writing, I love this novel, and I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this gem.
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  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    Any new book by Anne Tyler is big news for me, a visit to the Homesick Restaurant. REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD stars Micah Mortimer as a lone runner in his early forties, sole operator of Tech Hermit (an one-man Geek Squad), and super of the apartment building where he lives rent-free in the basement. He does have Cass, a "woman friend," but they live separate lives. His highly organized life is upended when a young man appears on his stoop, claiming to be his son and Cass faces the threat Any new book by Anne Tyler is big news for me, a visit to the Homesick Restaurant. REDHEAD BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD stars Micah Mortimer as a lone runner in his early forties, sole operator of Tech Hermit (an one-man Geek Squad), and super of the apartment building where he lives rent-free in the basement. He does have Cass, a "woman friend," but they live separate lives. His highly organized life is upended when a young man appears on his stoop, claiming to be his son and Cass faces the threat of eviction from her sublet apartment.(I received pre-publication access thanks to NetGalley.)
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  • Len or Len
    January 1, 1970
    Anne Tyler's short novel is perceptive and observant and Micah, the main character, is such a fully developed protagonist. The plot involves Micah and his girlfriend; a college kid showing up at Micah's door claiming to be his son and Micah's one-man computer fix-it company "Tech Hermit". A family party scene is so vividly drawn you feel like you were actually there.
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  • Andi Diehn
    January 1, 1970
    I love Anne Tyler's books, but this one felt like a shadow of some of her more robust works (Amateur Marriage, Blue Thread). It was quite short and consisted of moments that felt either too slow or too rushed.
  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe not Anne Tyler’s absolute best, but still a nice little novel.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Tyler never disappoints me which was why I was thrilled to find this at a library book sale.
  • Carol Godette
    January 1, 1970
    Anne Tyler is a master at character development and she does’t disappoint in this novel.This was a quick read that I throughly enjoyed, until the ending. I found it a bit predictable yet contrived.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    It ended so abruptly I was disappointed. I literally swiped my Kindle screen looking for pages I missed.
  • Jo Dervan
    January 1, 1970
    owner of a tech support business and part time super of his Baltimore building, lived a very precise life. Everything he did was in a well established routine. His boisterous family accepts his quirky ways. First a young man showed up at his door claiming to be his son. After Micah explained to the young man that it was impossible to be his father, Micah’s girlfriend unexpectedly broke up with him for reasons that Micah did not fully understand. These two events made Micah look around him and owner of a tech support business and part time super of his Baltimore building, lived a very precise life. Everything he did was in a well established routine. His boisterous family accepts his quirky ways. First a young man showed up at his door claiming to be his son. After Micah explained to the young man that it was impossible to be his father, Micah’s girlfriend unexpectedly broke up with him for reasons that Micah did not fully understand. These two events made Micah look around him and re-examine his life. Tyler once again looks into the complicated life of a seemingly ordinary person.
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