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If Morning Ever Comes [Paperback]

Anne Tyler
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 8 2004
It is hard to believe that Anne Tyler wrote this book, her first, when she was only 22 years old. To have such perception, such vision, such maturity, and such knowledge of the intricacies of family life is something I would expect of a writer twice that age.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Realistic Dec 8 2000
By Jenny
Anne Tyler wrote this novel with circumstantial details of the Hawkes. Specificity is always her strong point and her ability to depict the genuineness of human's emotions and actions. This novel shines in breaking down relationships between people,love,kinship and friendship. Ben Joe Hawkes,her protagonist is a chronic worrier who left home to study law in New York. He proclaimed himself as reversible and his bizzare habit of reading up-side-down.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars strangely affecting book May 25 2004
I don't know why I picked up this book; I suppose it was because it's set in the past and most of my selections are present day. Almost in spite of myself, I found myself becoming engrossed in the lives of the Hawkes family, of Ben Joe and his sisters, his looney-tunes Grandma, and his reserved but strong-willed mother. It paints an exquisite picture of small-town Southern America in the early 60's. There's a lot more going on in Ben Joe's head than ever really happens in the book. It's a lot about what people let you see and what people try to hide. I enjoyed it. It makes me want to read more Tyler.
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2.0 out of 5 stars When morning finally came... June 18 1999
By A Customer
...Ben Joe Hawkes left his hometown as unenlightened about his family as he was when he arrived. On top of that, he's got in his baggage a new/old love, who seemed to be adding to his confusion. This story could have gone in a number of directions. Personally, I would have liked to know more about Philip Hawkes, Ben Joe's deceased father, through the recollections of his mother, grandmother, and Philip's mistress, as well as the relationships between the three women. Perhaps then Ben Joe would have shed some light on his past, and we as readers would have more light on him and his future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Did Morning Ever Come? Jan. 4 2000
By Amanda
I read this book for an assignment in my english II-C class. I liked this book but I have some complaints. I think that Anne Tyler should have went into a little more detail about Ben Joe's father. And I also think that she should of wrote more about Ben Joe and Shelly's life together. I liked how Anne used very specific details about how his family acted. It was a great bok I would recommend it to someone who likes a little of suspinse and a book that has a lot of thinking involved.
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