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5.0 out of 5 stars
It needs a sequel, 19 Feb 2003
It is not often that I can read on an airplane but this dense novel kept me fully absorbed as we crossed Greenland. I found Barnaby a bit too good and managed to forgive his youthful wickedness too easily. But Sophia and Martine, what a choice and what tension I found in the choosing. The unpleasant characters are interesting and you can find sympathy even with the social climbing mother and lazy co worker. Anne Tyler is an author whose characters are so well drawn that every move they make, even when unexpected, are consistent with their creation. I loved the novel and rated it with Tyler's best.