As a long time Tyler fan, I approach with enthusiasm every work her pen produces. In agreement with other reviewers, this one was a let down. I kept listening in hope, but it never grabbed me. The usual engaging chuckles and sparks of humorous genious her writings provide just weren't there for me this time. There were a few moments when I recognized the style of the writer I've grown to enjoy and respect, but on the whole, I felt "let down" and wishing I had used my credit on something else.
Dull, Dull, Dull-- I had read the first several reviews before I purchased this and was excited to read my first Anne Tyler novel. Based on this, I doubt I would read another. What could have been a fascinating look into the lives of families with foreign adopted children, was just an endless account of the lives of uninteresting and irritating people.
I absolutely loved listening to this book. Blair Brown's characterizations along with Ann Tyler's brilliant take on humanity are a great combination.
I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. It followed two families but nothing ever happened. When there was the opportunity to go deep, the author just blew past it. I had nothing else to listen to and it was still tooooo boring to finish. Save your book credits for something else.
I have to agree with the other reviewers who were waiting for something, anything, to happen. I used to love Anne Tyler, but now I feel as though she's getting published based on her past works. A first novelist would have been shopping this one for years, to no avail.
This book was somewhat enjoyable to me, but I just kept waiting for something, anything to happen and it never did. Very mundane, especially the whole section about Bitsey's second daughter's pacifier. I thought it would never end. I would not recommend this book, although I like Anne Tyler's writings.