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Redhead by the Side of the Road - Anne Tyler

Redhead by the Side of the Road - Anne Tyler

Title: Redhead by the Side of the Road

Author:  Anne Tyler

ISBN:  9781784743475

Weight:  691g

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Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

From the bestselling author of A Spool of Blue Thread: an offbeat love story about mis-steps, second chances and the elusive art of human connection.

Micah Mortimer isn’t the most polished person you’ll ever meet.  His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world.  He measures out his days running errands for work – his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car – maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning).  He is content with the steady balance of his life.

But then the order of things starts to tilt.  His woman friend Cassia (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a ‘girlfriend’) tells him she’s facing eviction because of a cat.  And when a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle.

Redhead by the Side of the Road is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach – and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.

Peer & Press Reviews

Bursting with vitality and variety, it's a tour de force… fizzes with the qualities – characters who almost leap off the page with authenticity, speech and body language wonderfully caught – that, for more than half a century, have won her such admiration and affection.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Almost unbearably poignant… a moving and perceptive story about one man’s inability to connect with others and his gradual move towards greater self-fulfillment.

Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

One of the most influential writers of her generation…  Her books are so irresistibly readable that it’s startling to realise what technical marvels they often are.

Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph

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Title Redhead by the Side of the Road
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Booker Prize 2020 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781784743475
ISBN 10 178474347X
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 178
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 21mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Michael Lionstar
Jacket photography iStock / Getty Images

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