Redhead by the Side of the Road

Redhead by the Side of the Road Summary


From the beloved Anne Tyler, a sparkling new novel—an instant New York Timesbestseller—about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection.

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.

“Tyler's novels are always worth scooping up—but especially this gently amusing soother, right now.” —NPR

Book Reviews


Redhead by the Side of the Road5 star

My first time reading an Anne Tyler book. Most of the way through it I kept wondering when the “story” was going to start, then realized there wasn’t a “story”, just a day in the life of everyone’s life. I ended up relating to so much of it and finished it with a smile on my face! I recommend this book!55


Too short1 star

I can’t believe I paid $14 for a book that is really a couple of chapters. It is well written but a disappointment.15


Redhead by the Side of the Road5 star

I love Anne Tyler’s books and this was very enjoyable. I like her descriptions of the people and the bits of humor she injects. I was truly surprised and disappointed when I reached the end, expecting that the sorry would go on much longer.55


Redhead by the Side of the Road3 star

I enjoyed the book, but this is a novella, not a novel. I don’t think I should have paid 14.00 for a book that is less than 200 pp. I am very disappointed. I don’t usually make it a habit of checking to see how many pp a book contains before I purchase it, but I guess I will from now on.35

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