Anne Tyler: Back When We Were Grownups

Back When We Were Grownups - Anne Tyler

Just didn't do it for me. I wanted to like Rebecca, I was really pulling for her, but she just never got interesting enough for me. The other characters ranged from interesting but underdeveloped (Zeb, her step-grandson Peter) to annoying (Patch, Barry, NoNo, Rebecca's mother, Aunt Ida, Min Foo, Biddy, Hakim, Will), to absolutely suffocating (Poppy). I understand that changing your understanding about your own life is as powerful as changing you life, but frankly it doesn't make good fiction — especially if the shift in understanding is very subtle and afterward you continue to allow everyone you know to use you as a doormat.