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Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
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May 17, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in May, 2009

A few years ago, This American Life did an episode on people who were living their Plan B, and how often people end up not on the path they originally intended. This book explores that same notion and whether it's worked out for the main character.

Moreover, Rebecca explores whether she is even the person she used to be. Has she been living with a facade for 30 years, or has she become this other woman?

I like Anne Tyler's books. This might oversimplify things, but the two books by her I've read are about ordinary people with ordinary lives and ordinary families doing ordinary things that people across America, at least, do every day, and she makes them special. I was going to give this book four stars, but then the final act made me nearly sob with poignant delight and meloncholic beauty.

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