If Morning Ever Comes
by Anne Tyler

The best Anne Tyler novel that I have read in a long time. The story centers on a 25-year-old son who suddenly returns home to NC from Columbia University when he learns that his oldest sister has left her husband and moved with her baby to the family home. The story covers only a few days during which
  • his grandmother visits the man she had a crush on 70 years earlier and wishes she had married him
  • the sister's husband comes to reclaim her and their daughter
  • the hero meets his high-school sweetheart who he hasn't seen in 7 years and they elope.

    The whole family is flighty. They make spur-of-the-moment decisions without consulting anyone or thinking ahead. They never discuss each other's business or pass judgment on each other, but they are quick to make snap judgments about everyone outside the family.

    The story is told by someone who can read their minds and tell us what they are thinking whether or not anyone else is around.

    Year Read: 1999


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