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In 1965, the happy Bedloe family is living an ideal, apple-pie existence in Baltimore. Then, in the blink of an eye, a single tragic event occurs that will transform their lives forever - particularly that of 17-year-old Ian Bedloe, the youngest son, who blames himself for the sudden "accidental" death of his older brother. Depressed and depleted, Ian is almost crushed under the weight of an unbearable, secret guilt.

Then, one crisp January evening, he catches sight of a window with glowing yellow neon, the Church of the Second Chance. He enters and soon discovers that forgiveness must be earned, through a bit of sacrifice and a lot of love.

©1996 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Someone once said all great writers are comic writers. Among living Americans, Tyler is exhibit A." (Amazon.com review)
"[T]he reader is emotionally involved and touched as never before." (Publishers Weekly)

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This book is about family. I love Tyler's books but this one is the best!

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  • Gail
  • jackson, NJ, United States
  • 05-31-14

MAYBE .... If this book went somewhere.

What a disappointment. Great concept for a story line and character possibilities that just never went anywhere. I found myself not caring about a single character in this book, where there was so much possibility for more.

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