BOOK REVIEW: Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler

Review by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery

I love Anne Tyler’s writing so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. It’s the story of Rebecca, a fifty-something year old woman who has three grown step-daughters, one daughter and in-laws as her family after her husband passed away six years before. Rebecca runs the business her husband ran before he died. She hosts parties and events at The Open Arms, an old Victorian home where she lives upstairs with her uncle by marriage, a man who will soon be a hundred years old.

I read the first line and knew I would really enjoy the story. Here, you give it a try:

Once upon a time there was s woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person.

Isn’t that a great first line? For anyone out there who wants to know what a contemporary literary novel looks like, check out Back When We Were Grownups. The characterization is great. The story is compelling. The writing? Wonderful.

I’d recommend this book for anyone who likes literary works.



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