Reading Anne Tyler is like feeling home. Maybe this is not her best book and maybe there are too many themes overlapping here. Maybe she just wanted to “dig” up American multiethnic society and reflect on it from the interesting and never banal insight that is the trademark of her work. I guess it’s interesting that the main focus is not on the 2 adopted kids and on how they change in the new environment. The focus is on how the kids bring changes into the families life. There’s a great hope, which is maybe the essence of life itself, in assuming the resilience of a young life to a new environment....Continua
Sami and Ziba Yazdan are a young couple living in Baltimora, from Iran. Brad and Bitsy Donaldson are a young american couple too. Both the families adopt a little chorean child, Susan and Jon-Ho, landing in Baltimora on the same day. Yazdans and Donaldsons get along very well together and their stories get linked. But the real guest star is Sami's mother, Maryam: calm, complex, proud, rational and clever. This is more than everything her inner story. So slow rythm... the plot isn't really twisting and turning. Interesting....Continua
subject is great - two families adopt Korean kids at the same time and then...stay in touch. but after that, so what? no interest whatsoever. Dissapointing. Hadn't read Anne Tyler in a long time probably won't try again
Some similar themes to Amateur Marriage, but a marvellous read, well written, witty - excellent. Anne Tyler always manages to leave you confused about which characters to tlike and which to dislike - this often changes as you read.