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Interesting for Anne Tyler fans,
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This review is from: If Morning Ever Comes (Kindle Edition)
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.