The Tin Can Tree
by Anne Tyler

The story of three families living in a house in the country near a small town in North Carolina. It begins with the funeral of the little daughter of one family. Her death causes her mother to stay in bed all the time, which causes her young son to feel unwanted. Meanwhile two old maids live in the middle apartment and two brothers live in the third apartment. One brother is a hypochondriac and the other feels obligated to take care of him. The niece living with the family in the first apartment is in love with the able brother. All of them are trapped in dreary lives.

Year Read: 1999

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