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Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler

Searching for Caleb (1975)

by Anne Tyler

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An easy to read family saga by Anne Tyler. The writing is good, and her characters are nice. This book is enjoyable, if not overly memorable. ( )
  Lidbud | Mar 27, 2017 |
Tyler's families are always so dysfunctional, but because their personalities charm us, we do not drown in existential angst. A fun journey into one family's identity. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
The first Anne Tyler book that I read. I don't remember the book well, but I did enjoy the quirky characters and found it very amusing at times. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
Anne Tyler is always wonderful! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
The Peck family of Baltimore epitomizes propriety. The family patriarch, Daniel, made his money in the shipping business in the late nineteenth century and moved his large family to the suburbs into three isolated houses standing side by side. His elder son, Justin, became a successful lawyer and later a judge, but his younger son, Caleb, was more interested in making music than in learning the family business. After years of living with a family that was incapable of understanding anything even slightly different from their everyday lives, Caleb walked out the door one day in 1912 and disappeared. Over the years Justin's own family grew, but stubbornly refused to accept any change or to interact any more than necessary with the world outside of their three houses. Nearly 60 years after Caleb left, Justin begins searching for him with the help of his granddaughter, Justine.

Anne Tyler is a really good author who creates simply wonderful characters. I think her character development may be better than any other contemporary author's. If you don't like books with minimal plots, then Tyler isn't for you, but otherwise, I can't recommend her highly enough. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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"Magic and true, dazzling and wise...It has an astounding confidence, depth and range...A wonderful, wonderful novel."


Duncan Peck has a fascination for randomness and is always taking his family on the move. His wife, Justine, is a fortune teller who can't remember the past. Her grandfather, Daniel, longs to find the brother who walked out of his life in 1912, with nothing more than a fiddle in his hand. All three are taking journeys that lead back to the family's deepest roots...to a place where rebellion and acceptance have the haunting power to merge into one....

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The lives and secrets of four generations of the Peck family of Roland Park intertwine as forty-year-old fortune teller Justine accompanies her deaf, ex-judge grandfather in search of his maverick half-brother Caleb, who vanished in the spring of 1912.… (more)

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