Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road


Tyler’s gift is to make the struggles of ordinary (fictional) people feel real, relatable, and relevant our own lives. In her new slim novel—just 192 pages—she introduces us to Micah Mortimer, a tech geek who has carefully calibrated his life to keep people at a distance. His strict routines give him security and his tech-support business, Tech Hermit, keeps him busy. But when two people with problems come to him for help, he realizes that the “good life” he’s built for himself is an illusion. Tyler’s wry humor keeps this sad, sweet story about a lonely man waking up to life from veering into the morose.

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“If ever there was a perfect time for a new Anne Tyler novel, it’s now.” —People 
“Tyler’s novels are always worth scooping up—but especially this gently amusing soother, right now.” —NPR

From the beloved Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection.

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart 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 Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler’s signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.

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