A Patchwork Planet
In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order. Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was... show more
In this, her fourteenth novel--and one of her most endearing--Anne Tyler tells the story of a lovable loser who's trying to get his life in order. Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, like his teenage cohorts. It was just that he liked to read other people's mail, pore over their family photo albums, and appropriate a few of their precious mementos.But for eleven years now, he's been working steadily for Rent-a-Back, renting his back to old folks and shut-ins who can't move their own porch furniture or bring the Christmas tree down from the attic. At last, his life seems to be on an even keel.Still, the Gaitlins (of "old" Baltimore) cannot forget the price they paid for buying off Barnaby's former victims. And his ex-wife would just as soon he didn't show up ever to visit their little girl, Opal. Even the nice, steady woman (his guardian angel?) who seems to have designs on him doesn't fully trust him, it develops, when the chips are down, and it looks as though his world may fall apart again.There is no one like Anne Tyler, with her sharp, funny, tender perceptions about how human beings navigate on a puzzling planet, and she keeps us enthralled from start to finish in this delicious new novel.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 1st 2001
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Loved this audiobook! David Morse did such a fantastic job. I wish this were the unabridged version just because it was sad when the book ended. I'm going to try and listen to all of her books. I've listened to I think 3 all together and loved them all. Everytime I read or listen to Anne Tyler'...
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This was an interesting read about a man, Barnaby, who is the black sheep from a successful family. He works at a place called 'Rent a Back' which helps elderly people do things they can no longer do for themselves. The cast of characters that Anne Tyler gives us in this book are many and varied f...