NOAH’S COMPASS By Anne Tyler [Review]

Liam Pennywell is a somewhat surly older gentleman that has just lost his teaching job due to downsizing. At the age of 60, the prospects of a new job seem bleak and Liam is forced to take early retirement. He also has to move into a smaller, more economical apartment. Through all this change, Liam remains surprisingly upbeat until an unexpected event leaves Liam hurt, confused, and unable to remember a thing.

Liam becomes obsessed with recovering his memory until one day he meets Eunice, a frumpy, socially awkward woman who is over 20 years younger than his is. The story follows Liam as he begins a friendship with Eunice and also works on his relationships with his ex-wife and 3 daughters.

Noah’s Compass was my first Anne Tyler book and I enjoyed it very much. The story moves fast and the characters are fantastic. Tyler makes her characters feel so real that they quickly feel like old acquaintances. One of the things I liked the most about the book is that I never quite knew what direction it was heading. There was a great mix of suspense, drama, humor, and romance. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t’ put it back down. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher:Knopf | Pages: 288 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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