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If Morning Ever Comes

Narrated by: Debora Weston
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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Penguin presents the audio edition of If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler. 

Ben Joe is the only boy in a family of six sisters, Mama and Gram. He is studying for a law degree in New York when he hears his eldest sister, Joanne, has left her husband and returned home with her baby girl. Out of a mixture of homesickness and duty, Ben Joe returns to the home in which he has always felt like an outsider.

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Never thought I'd say this about a Tyler novel...

...but this was dull.

I've listened to 4 hours and almost nothing has happened. I don't care about the protagonist or his family. There's a timeless quality to the small town and the families, but it felt like a writing exercise more than an actual novel.

It is of course, beautifully written. I don't think Anne Tyler knows how to not craft sentences well. There's a lovely sense of place and that slow feeling of aimlessly frittering away time. Which is great as an evocation, but not actually that interesting to read about. There's no tension at all and not much happening in general.

I've loved almost all of Tylers books, but this one is a real snooze fest. Unless you're a hard core fan (which to be fair, I thought i was till I read this book, I'd say skip this and read, or re-read Clock Dance instead. That's stunningly good.

This one? I'm going to return it. Which is something I never thought I'd do with her work. but I am that disappointed in it

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Not the usual Anne Tyler treat...

At first I found the narration distracting and the voice of old.man just unbearable but eventually found myself thinking in the same soft drawl.
Not the usual immersion in the central character ( I wonder if she doesn't write males so well as females) which left the story feeling disconnected.
Some nicely atmospheric scenes especially of cold night walks in a small town.
I won't listen again.