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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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Enjoyable light read, with Anne Tyler's usual excellent observations and pithy humour. Focuses on a delightful young university student who worries about his family a lot. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Ben Joe Hawkes is attending law school in New York while his mother, grandmother, and five sisters go about their lives in North Carolina. When he finds out that his oldest sister has left her husband and come back home, he also feels drawn back home. At home, Ben Joe is haunted by his past, but learns that by embracing it, he can find a way into the future.

Anne Tyler's books are wonderful to read because there are so many layers in them. Her characters are so quirky and outlandish that the logical part of your brain thinks, "no one is that messed up," but somehow, Tyler always makes it work. This story didn't come together for me until the end of the novel, but the wait was worth it. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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 |
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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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