Anne Tyler’s funny, joyful and compassionate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach.

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 30s a ‘girlfriend’) tells him she’s facing eviction. And then a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. 

The 2020 Booker Prize
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Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of more than 20 novels.
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