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I don't think Anne Tyler could write a lousy book, but this wasn't one of my favorites. What she does so well is character development, and the characters are so interesting they can carry the story--as long is the story is at least mildly interesting. But in this book, both the story and characters were not as developed or as interesting as usual.
Worth a listen if you are a Tyler fan and have read/listened to everything else she's written but start with the excellent ones first: Spool of Blue Thread; Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant; The Accidental Tourist; The Armature Marriage, etc.
I have listened to some of Tyler's book that I previously read in print--Blair Brown is a very good narrator, but a couple of my favorite books have such an awful narrator (judging by the audio sample) that I won't torture my ears.
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