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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,631 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Tyler Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, coming to terms with the final phase of his life.

Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn't bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is well, something quite different.

We all know a Liam. In fact, there may be a little of Liam in each of us. Which is why Anne Tyler's lovely novel resonates so deeply.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jan | 2/6/2014

    " What sad, depressing characters! It makes one appreciate relationships in life! I got a kick out of Liam's comment that small children "formed alliances and ad hoc committees and little vigilante groups". The book reminds me of the song "Is That All There Is". At some point in life I guess most of us ask that question. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sally Lee | 2/5/2014

    " probably my least favorite anne tyler book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonette | 2/3/2014

    " I've been reading mostly non-fiction, text book type books on health and politics, yes some might not see these as related but I do and can explain it in depth. However, while perusing the shelves at the wonderful Cuyahoga County Library I spotted this book on display, Anne Tyler's latest. I have read all of Tyler's books and love her style. Although this is not her best book, it does not fail to keep the reader engaged. I will not retell the story but I will say that I could not put it down and although not a long book I was totally engrossed and finished it in a day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonia | 1/22/2014

    " I've been reading Anne Tyler since the 80's and have to say she is my favorite author and I'm always happy when she has a new book. Although this is not my favorite of hers I still enjoyed it. "

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