Back When We Were Grownups – Book Review

I read this book back in 2006, and discovered I’d journaled on it. This is a very short “review,” but thought I’d include it here on my blog.

Anne Tyler has her finger on the pulse of humanity. She creates unforgettable characters who live on long after her novels are finished. Back When We Were Grownups is no exception. Tyler reveals her characters flaws and strengths with biting humor and raw emotion. Rebecca, widowed at a young age, is the heart and soul of her extended family – the Daviches. One day she begins to question who she has become and how her life might have unfolded had she chosen a different path in life. Her journey to “the fork in the road” and back will make you laugh and cry at the same time. A wonderful book.

Highly Recommended.

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  1. I should probably give Anne Tyler another chance. I read Saint Maybe about 2 years ago…..and really hated it. I hated the writing, and most of all, I hated her preaching to me. It just rubbed me the wrong way. Because of that, I’ve been reluctant to pick up another book by her. I think I may have to try again!

    • Wendy on June 1, 2008 at 15:02

    Stephanie: I liked Saint Maybe – but I wouldn’t say that is her best work at all. This one really appealed to me…

    • Andi on June 1, 2008 at 17:54

    I haven’t read any of Tyler’s stuff, but I do happen to have this one on the TBR! Nice review.

    • Teddy on June 2, 2008 at 15:24

    I liked Digging to America, I gave it a 3/5. I was thinking of trying another Tyler book so I added this to my TBR.

    • Wendy on June 3, 2008 at 07:39

    Andi: This is a good Tyler book to start with!

    Teddy: I have yet to read Digging to America – but it’s in my stack so I eventually WILL read it! Hope you like this one.

    • Myrthe on June 4, 2008 at 06:05

    I only read Digging to America, but I quite liked it. I wouldn’t mind reading more by Anne Tyler, though she didn’t make it to my must-read list. I guess it’d depend on what the book is about whether I’d take it up or not.

    • Wendy on June 6, 2008 at 08:08

    Myrthe: I love Anne Tyler…but I know a lot of readers who just think she is okay. I haven’t yet read Digging to America…but I will!

    • aloi on July 16, 2008 at 19:53

    I love your header (obviously i havent been bloghopping much).

    This was my first Anne Tyler read, and I really enjoyed it. Now I am going through your other Tyler reviews to figure out what next to read .. any suggestions? 🙂

    • Wendy on July 17, 2008 at 08:04

    Thanks, Aloi! I adore Anne Tyler…and I’ve liked or loved everything (so far) she’s written. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a classic. But I really loved Saint Maybe

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