Redhead by the Side of the Road - Reading Guide
Delve deeper into Anne Tyler’s ‘beautifully written’ novel, with themed reading suggestions and links to external reviews
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.
I like the idea of confronting a cautious person with the chaos of normal life and then watching what he or she does about it