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If Morning Ever Comes [Hardcover]

Anne Tyler
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Jun 1984
From the author of LADDER OF YEARS and BREATHING LESSONS. Ben Joe returns home from college to find himself caught in a web of overwhelming memories and tangled relationships.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (Jun 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394430018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394430010
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,633,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage and Digging to America. In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'. Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set.

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"Funny, serious, touching, zany, delightful, revealing...a triumph of perception" (Harper's)

"Anne Tyler's touch is deft, her perceptions keen, her ear for speech phenomenal, her people triumphantly alive... Only a rarely talented novelist could have written this fine book" (New York Times)

"Anne Tyler has won herself a devoted following. Rightly so: her novels are beautifully controlled, witty, subtle, with an undercurrent of human warmth" (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A stirring novel about family life from one of the greatest contemporary American writers, Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Tyler. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If Morning Ever Comes 10 Aug 2010
By Kate
Considering Anne Tyler was only 22 when she wrote this book, it's pretty good. It shows her early writing style and is therefore of interest to her fans. However compared to her later books I found this one disappointing,. She does a good job of describing a family who seem to have put their lives on hold since they lost the father; to me the book is about moving on, and the inevitability of change.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as ever 30 April 2012
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I just love Ann Tyler. I did find myself wondering if she had written this as a period piece and it was not until the end I realised it was one of her early books. It is a conceit on my part to think that the portrayal of complex emotions belongs to modern times. Unspoken family secrets are timeless in their ubiquity. As is the dilemma of leaving your family behind to make your own way in the world. Ann Tyler captures so well the risks we take in moving on and the impulse to remain as we are however unsatisfactory. On the way we meet some entertaining characters. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for Anne Tyler fans 12 Jun 2012
By Ann E
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If you are amongst the millions who love Anne Tyler's writing then this book takes you back to her beginnings. It is one of the first novels and so isn't as polished in style as some of her later books where you forget you are actually reading anything and just enter the world she has created. Her slightly uncomfortable main character Ben Joe has all the feel of an adolescent though we are told he is older. As usual the setting is very believable but the reader doesn't lose themselves within the story as much as one has come to expect from Tyler as sometimes the pace of the story jolts slightly between chapters and the introduction of new characters or scenes - something that never happens in her seemless later works.

I enjoyed the fact that it was set in a very different feeling era though not that long ago and in a different part of the US too - and very effectively.

If you have never read any Tyler don't make this your first engagement with her writing, but if you are a fan and enjoy writing as much as reading If Morning Ever Comes is a fascinating early work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warmed my heart 5 Dec 2013
By Monique
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It may be an early book of Anne~s but a topic that is always pertinent and her usual engaging characters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 July 2013
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I love Anne Tyler's work so I settled down to read this book with great anticipation. However, I can't say I really enjoyed mainly because I didn't really empathise with the main character. It's one of her earlier works so I think from now on I'll stick to her most recent publications.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard. 7 July 2013
By Heinz57
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I have read and enjoyed many of this authors works. Not this one. This is the first where i could not be bothered to finish it. I believe it is an early work, now re-issued?
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5.0 out of 5 stars At her best 19 Mar 2013
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Anne tyler is the best novelist writing today. Like all her other books she writes with clarity and empathy and the storylines are like noone elses. She is the best.
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