As with all books by Anne Tyler (at least, the ones I have read so far), the theme is always ordinary. In this case, it is about a family and all the everyday things that happen during the life of that family - a life that spans the years from the early 1940s through to the twenty-first century. This sounds quite uninteresting, but Anne Tyler shows that ordinary can actually be quite fascinating. Let's face it: ordinary is what we all have to cope with, day in and day out; it is refreshing, therefore, to encounter an author who is able to sift through all the layers of ordinariness and find the things that enthral and move us emotionally. The writing is particularly good; the characters are believable and well structured. This is definitely a book that I would recommend.
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