Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road

Lately I've begun to worry that I can no longer binge-read a book. I used to devour a good spy thriller or sci-fi story in one night, before showing up at work bleary-eyed. Now I have stacks of partially-read books – graphic novels, fiction, books on coffee, philosophy (seems related, somehow)...

But I recently marathoned through the latest Anne Tyler novel in two afternoons, so I've still got the reading bug, given the right book. Although I've read her work sporadically (I read The Accidental Tourist after seeing the movie, and it's still my favorite of her work), she's one of my favorite writers, kind of in the Larry McMurtry mode where the story doesn't seem to matter so much (sometimes it even feels like there's no story or that it just petered out) but you become immersed in the characters, ordinary as they are (part of their appeal).

In fact, the main character of The Redhead by the Side of the Road is a self-employed IT guy, so I guess I can relate. Also, this hardback was in the bargain section at The Writer's Block, in pristine condition, so I had to buy it (I'm still kicking myself for not picking up the Dali-illustrated Alice in Wonderland I saw there two years ago).

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