Being from Baltimore, I am closely aware of Baltimore as a character in Anne Tyler's books. This book is no different. This is a love story of sorts to Bmore, in how Winnie falls in love with her and the people who make it a rich, loving, quirky community. That said, it's not her best work, yet I adored it. Anne never misses the chance to develop characters that are flawed, yet still able to capture your heart.
Winnie wants a community and never found it, not as an eleven year old, a newly married woman that didn't make that choice, as a widowed mother of two young boys, nor as a wife of a cranky uptight lawyer. Only when she is asked to take care of her son's ex-girlfriend's daughter, is she able to find herself and her purpose.
Baltimore draws you back to her when you are gone, as Winnie finds out. Gritty, imperfect, weird as hell that generates the best people in the world. Going home. But only at this stage of her life, it's finally her choice.
Thanks again, Anne. Another love letter to Baltimore.
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