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So happy to be in Anne Tyler land once again. She takes us through several generations here. The lesson? A family takes all kinds of people? Flexibility is the answer to developments that are not pleasing to you? Different strokes for different folks? Tyler is all about quirkiness and perhaps the sad demise of the nuclear family. But her books are always a pleasure to read. This book is more a look at a broken family dynamic--the cousins barely know each other and don't get together. Maybe this is a snapshot at many families in 2022, pulled apart by distance and disaffection. Personally I'd rather go back to the world of The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe and other earlier works. The people were strange but kind and attached to each other. I was not sure what French braids had to do with anything...


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