Title: Back When We Were Grownups
Author: Anne Tyler
Narrator: Blair Brown
Dates listened to: 4/30/12 - 5/11/12
# of Cts/hours: 6/9
Anne Tyler weaves a meandering tale of a tight-knit, extended family -- all with colorful names -- Poppy, No-No, Patch, Jeep, Zeb and Biddy. The story is from Rebecca’s point of view. She is 53 and has decided she’s “turned into the wrong person”. Yet, Bec is so non-judgmental of people whether family or the electrician and his son -- she welcomes all with open arms. Open Arms is the name of her establishment where, with cruise-ship director command, Rebecca Davitch responds to people who want birthday parties, baby and wedding showers at her lovely old Baltimore home.
I like how the tale rolls along and the interpersonal give and take among family and friends. Tyler has such a great way of story-telling and developing characters. I felt like I knew these people. And Rebecca’s self assessment of who she is comes through at the end.