It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .
Today I'm featuring an upcoming read. Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.
First Chapter: You have to wonder what goes through the mind of a man like Micah Mortimer. He lives alone; he keeps to himself; his routine is etched in stone. At seven fifteen every morning you see him set out on his run Along about ten or ten thirty he slaps the magnetic TECH HERMIT sign onto the roof of his Kia. The times he leaves on his calls will vary, but not a day seems to go by without several clients requiring his services. Afternoons he can be spotted working around the apartment building; he moonlights as the super. He'll be sweeping the walk or shaking out the mat or conferring with a plumber. Monday nights, before trash day, he hauls the garbage bins to the alley; Wednesday nights, the recycling bins. At ten p.m. or so the three squinty windows behind the foundation plantings go dark. (His apartment is in the basement. It is probably not very cheery.)
What do you think? Would you continue reading?
The opening paragraph really gives a detailed picture of the main character, who by all appearances is a creature of habit operating on automatic pilot. It will be interesting to find out what Tyler has in store for one Micah Mortimer--more of the same, or something surprisingly different?
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