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If Morning Ever Comes: A Novel (original 1964; edition 1996)

by Anne Tyler

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Title:If Morning Ever Comes: A Novel
Authors:Anne Tyler
Info:Ballantine Books (1996), Paperback, 272 pages
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If Morning Ever Comes by Anne Tyler (1964)

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Anne Tyler’s debut novel tracks the self-realization of a young man whose character struggles to negotiate a balance between self-identity and family identity.

Tyler's characteristic wit and eccentricity of characters is shown right off the bat even in this first novel.

"Seems like you are always loving the people that fly away from you, Ben Joe, and flying away from the people that love you. But if you've decided, this once, to do something the other way, I'll be happy to agree."
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  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
Anne Tyler’s debut novel tracks the self-realization of a young man whose character struggles to negotiate a balance between self-identity and family identity.

Tyler's characteristic wit and eccentricity of characters is shown right off the bat even in this first novel.

"Seems like you are always loving the people that fly away from you, Ben Joe, and flying away from the people that love you. But if you've decided, this once, to do something the other way, I'll be happy to agree."
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  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
Anne Tyler's voice is very distinctive and I was a bit surprised to see it so well developed in her first novel. The novel is an exploration of family life and small town dynamics set (probably) in the early 1950's. Her art is that she conveys the thought processes and actions of her characters, not as we would like to see them, but as they actually unfold---illogical, hazy, confused and erratic. Perhaps because of that, her eccentric characters are easy to relate to and draw the reader into a book that is more like a life experience than a story. This is quite a lovely little book and surprising, given that the author was still in her early 20's when she wrote it. ( )
  turtlesleap | Jan 29, 2014 |
St. Barts 2013 #7 - Enjoyable read of this, Tyler's first novel. She certainly has away of creating vivid quirky households of people you almost feel you've met in your life. A lot of material here hitting close to home, with the broken home with Dad having another woman, along with those years of very necessary things going unspoken and the subtle toll that can take on the family. Rather an amazing job of a 22-year-old woman capturing Ben Joe's character sense....nicely done. How does it all ultimately turn out? I'm sure we all would have different opinion, but I am glad for the chance to be with Joe Ben on his last trip home. ( )
  jeffome | Jan 21, 2013 |
Anne Tyler writes the most interesting and complex character-driven fiction. Ben Joe is a 25 year old at Columbia who is the only boy in a family of seven and feels responsible for the lives of the others. When he returns home to find out why his eldest sister has left her husband, we find out the "rest of the story." A rich and lovely read. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Oct 7, 2012 |
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When Ben Joe Hawkes left home he gave his sister Susannah one used guitar, six shelves of National Geographic, a battered microscope, and a foot-high hourglass.
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"A triumph."

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Ben Joe Hawkes is a worrier. Raised by his mother, grandmother, and a flock of busy sisters, he's always felt the outsider. When he learns that one of his sisters has left her husband, he heads for home and back into the confusion of childhood memories and unforseen love....


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A touchingly funny tale from the Pultizer Prize-winning author of Saint Maybe. Ben Joe Hawkes comes from a large, cheerful family of women. But when one of his sisters takes her baby and leaves her husband, everything--including his perceptions of the past--changes. "Phenomenal".--The New York Times.… (more)

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