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Redhead by the Side of the Road
By (author): Anne Tyler
9780385694858 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Apr 07, 2020
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.91 x 9.55 x 0.94 in | 0.96 lb 192 pages Doubleday Canada Bond Street Books
From the beloved and bestselling 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.

Story Locale: Baltimore, MD

MOMENTUM: Clock Dance landed on the New York Times bestseller list at #3, was longlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and was on several best-of-the-year lists. A Spool of Blue Thread was also a critical success. We are poised to continue this streak with Redhead.

SIZE: One of Tyler’s most compact books—deliciously bite-sized (it can be read in one sitting!), as well as being a rich and layered piece of work.

CHARACTER: Readers are sure to embrace Micah with his quirky sense of humour, his overbearing family and his sometimes misguided—but utterly relatable—attempts to connect to those around him.

VINTAGE: Tyler’s complete backlist, including A Spool of Blue Thread, is now with Anchor Canada, offering us even more promotional opportunities across her extensive, celebrated body of work.

ANNE TYLER was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of more than twenty novels. Her twentieth novel, A Spool of Blue Thread, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons,was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Author Residence: Baltimore, MD

Author Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE FOR FICTION

"Anne Tyler has every gift a great novelist needs: intent observation, empathy and language both direct and surprising. She has unembarrassed goodness as well. In this time of snark, preening, sub-tweeting and the showy torment of characters, we could use more Tyler." —Amy Bloom, New York Times Book Review

"If ever there was a perfect time for a new Anne Tyler novel, it's now—and this one doesn't disappoint. . . . Heartwarming and very funny—one of Tyler's best yet." —People (book of the week)

"Tyler rarely disappoints, but this is her best novel in some time–slender, unassuming, almost cautious in places, yet so very finely and energetically tuned, so apparently relaxed, almost flippantly so, but actually supremely sophisticated. . . . Tyler's ability to make you care about her characters is amazing, and never more so than here." —The Guardian

"Though we have stripped our daily rituals down to their bare essentials, we remain as big and as loving and as scared and as frustratingly human as we were before the world outside screeched to a halt. Redhead by the Side of the Road is a delicate and moving reminder of this, and proves Tyler's voice remains as vital as ever." —Vanity Fair

"Few writers flesh out the malaise of middle age with such delicate, assured strokes. Tyler is an American Vermeer whose canvases keep opening whole worlds within compact frames." —O: The Oprah Magazine

"Tyler has the rare ability to evoke the ordinary with particularity, and the novel, though concerned with small events, insists on the dignity of its characters and the seriousness of their problems." —The New Yorker

"Anne Tyler gives the mundane its beautiful due. You finish her novels feeling closer to life, and closer to other people." —The Daily Mail

"Anne Tyler may, in the end, prove to be one of the most influential novelists of her generation. . . . Her books are so irresistibly readable that it's startling to realise what technical marvels they often are." —Daily Telegraph

"There's always good reason to celebrate a new Anne Tyler novel, and Redhead by the Side of the Road warrants popping open the champagne. . . . Who else can make words sparkle with humor and tenderness in quite this way? . . . Hilarious and poignant . . . [This book] shows the author at the top of her form." —Boston Globe

"Another gem from Anne Tyler. . . . This is her best novel in some time. . . . Tyler has won so many plaudits over the past 50 odd years that it's hard to think of new superlatives to add. . . . Tyler's ability to make you care about her characters is amazing, and never more so than here." The Observer (UK)

"Tyler's warmly comedic, quickly read tale, a perfect stress antidote, will delight her fans and provides an excellent 'first' for readers new to this master of subtle and sublime brilliance. . . . If Tyler's large-cast, many-faceted novels are symphonies, this portrait of a man imprisoned by his routines is a concerto. . . . Radiantly polished and emotionally intricate . . . Tyler's perfectly modulated, instantly enmeshing, heartrending, funny and redemptive tale sweetly dramatizes the absurdities of flawed perception and the risks of rigidity." —Booklist

"Characteristically tender. . . . Suffused with feeling and very moving." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Reading Anne Tyler is always pure pleasure, and Redhead by the Side of the Road is the author at her best. This joyful book is a powerful reminder of how much we need human connection." —BookPage, starred review

"[Tyler's] novels are always absorbing, and her emotional generosity—the way she reveals in tiny flashes the extent to which we really know what we're attempting to hide from ourselves—is never less than impressive. And at the present time, a book that weighs our ability to insulate and isolate ourselves against disaster alongside the endurance of small kindnesses is not a bad one to have to hand." —The Spectator

"There's warmth, wisdom, and a wealth of brilliantly caught characters in Anne Tyler's cheering new novel." —Sunday Times (UK)

"[Tyler's] sensitivity to the ways in which fear and self-deception can stealthily upturn an existence result in a work that makes you want to live more attentively. . . . Its characters grant the reader a quiet revelation." —Financial Times

"A showcase of Tyler's genius in finding humour and humanity in the ordinary." —Evening Standard

"Tyler is expert at writing about the human heart and relationships." —The Irish Times

"A short masterpiece about the fragility and wonder of truly connecting with another person." —The BookSeller

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