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Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
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Nov 15, 2008

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bookshelves: audio-version

This is vintage Ann Tyler, with quirky characters you cannot help but grow fond of and many humorous moments amidst the everyday, ordinary events and conversations of life. As several people mentioned, this book has a fantastic opening line:

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

I feel that way sometimes, so I could easily relate to the main character, Rebecca (whom everyone calls "Beck" even though she does not want them to), but the story never gets the momentum it needs to take off; it falls kind of flat and just ends with a whimper.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this story, with Blair Brown as the excellent narrator who expertly captures the varied personalities of the characters. It's also great fun listening to the many references to places in Baltimore, my home town.

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