44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Slow but sure,
By A Customer
This review is from: Earthly Possessions (Arena Books) (Paperback)
This is a carefully told story, with the reader acting like a detective to collect clues as to the character of Charlotte, the narrator, and how she has reached a point where she feels able to leave her husband.
This is done by alternating chapters telling the story of her kidnapping and chapters of recollection, building up a collage of her life from the accidents of her life and the choices that she has been forced to make. The other strong narrative arises from the misunderstandings that have shaped her perception of her relationship with her mother. I found this latter story more interesting.
I have read several Anne Tyler novels now, and if the slow, easy pace agrees with you, then they are beautiful novels. This is an early one (1977) and I would suggest that starting with a later one (such as Breathing Lessons) as they are better - fuller might be the word I am looking for. If you know that you like her, then you will enjoy this one too.