Redhead by the Side of the Road — Anne Tyler

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Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, he is superintendent of his apartment building and cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel. He seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life.

His routines are blown apart, however, 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 his door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever.

Filled with Anne Tyler’s signature wit and observation, Redhead by the Side of the Road, offers an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach — a funny, joyful, compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes.

“Tyler’s warmly comedic, quickly read tale — a perfect stress antidote — is instantly enmeshing, heartrending, funny and redemptive,” says Booklist.

“If ever there was a perfect time for a new Anne Tyler novel, it’s now — and this one doesn’t disappoint,” says People. “Heartwarming and funny, it’s one of her best yet.”