Friday, July 18, 2008

A Patchwork Planet

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler has written a unique story in “A Patchwork Planet.”
This is the story of a year in the life of a 30-year-old man who has always had things go wrong. He’s now on the right track, yet circumstances bring him to the edge of troubles over and over again.
Barnaby is described as a “misfit.” He tries to do good, but his family continually reminds him of his past mistakes. He finally meets a woman they accept, but she seems to be attracted more to his renegade side. For example, when he is falsely accused of stealing money from her aunt’s home, she tries to cover for him, assuming he did, indeed, make off with the dough (pun intended) the elderly woman had hidden in her flour bin.
This is a delightful book. Readers can’t help but like Barnaby and feel as if he gets the raw end of the deal.
I enjoyed this book and it’s no question why it is a New York Times notable book. It’s full of fun and there were moments when I laughed out loud.

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