Our patron’s thoughts on the book:
Tyler’s wonderdul quirky characters work their way through relationships and life. As Micah, a middle-aged computer repairman, begins to understand himself and the choices he has made, he says, “I am a roomful of broken hearts.” This is one of Tyler’s best, with a lovely sweet subtle ending.
The publisher’s summary:
“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 thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler’s signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.”