Redhead by the Side of the Road (2020)

by Anne Tyler

The title of Anne Tylerís 23rd novel refers to the protagonistís willful inability to see reality. He mistakes a fire hydrant for a person.

A middle-aged bachelor who has a one-man computer repair business, Micah Mortimer lives for free in the basement of an apartment building where he is the super. Micah is self-satisfied, even self-congratulatory, about his circumscribed life. Organizing his days by routines, thinking himself above messy emotions and disorder, Micah has no desire to change and no aspirations.

His woman friend's eviction from her apartment, and the son of a college girlfriend claiming that Micah is his father,
open Micah's eyes to whatís missing in his ordered existence. Although Redhead by the Side of the Road is shorter and simpler than some of her novels, Anne Tyler proves once again that no writer does ordinary people better.


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