If Morning Ever Comes Paperback – Nov 5 1987
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This is also, I believe, her only novel set in the south, where Tyler was brought up. In a rare interview, she has said that she considers herself a Southerner. She certainly paints a good picture of a typical extended southern family! And this family has all the quirks and curious behaviors that have become Tyler's hallmark over the years.
Poor BenJoe...he is so confused, having taken the path of least resistance by going to law school in New York City, a totally foreign element to this small-town boy. He uses the slightest excuse to rush back home where he gets into everyone's business in a few short days, even though the houseful of women (mother, grandmother, five sisters, and a niece) clearly was doing just fine without him. Tyler makes us like him. She writes from his point of view and gets it letter-perfect.
This book is about much more than a small-town extended southern family - it is about birth and death, living and dying, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
One day he made a phone call home and found out that one of his 6 sisters whom he haven't seen in 7 years returned home with a child. Apparently she left her husband...
Being the sole male member (after his dad passed away)in the family of 8 women including his eccentric mother and grandmother,he felt responsible when such 'crisis' occurred. Ben Joe decided to make the trip back home to look into this matter plus he also have an unfinished business to attend to. Things began to unfold,he also learnt a few valuable lessons and even caught up with his old flame,Shelley from this fruitful trip home. Ben Joe eventually realised that his family are independent and each have a life of their own and he should to.
I always admire Anne Tyler's conscientious writing style.This time she created a engaging and compelling family drama that illustrated the importance of family bonding, sharing,love and care,also finding your true self and the significance of what is leaving your family spread your wings and get your own life and not forgetting your root.
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This is Anne Tyler's first novel and it shows at times, but it is extremely entertaining and worth your time and effort. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Grozarks
A lukewarm early offering by a gifted novelist. The story concerns a young man trying to leave behind his home of six sisters, but I suggest you skip it altogether in favor of one... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by S. Turlington
If you understand that all the action and thought in the novel is through the main male character than you can understand the point of the novel better. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2000 by Amazon Customer