Liam Pennywell is one of those quirky characters that compel us to root for him. Nothing in his life seems to be very special, and then when he loses a job he’s held for many years, he doesn’t even fight it. It’s like he expects life to dish out nothing but disappointment.
He moves into a downsized space, to accommodate his shrinking resources, but on the first night in the new home, something happens that turns his life upside down.
Has he lost his direction now, as well as his job? Obsessing over the events only seems to isolate him further.
But then he meets a strange young woman who intrigues him, and before he knows it, this unexpected detour changes everything for him.
I love Anne Tyler’s characters, and this one was so intriguing that I started and finished this book within the day. I think I enjoyed Liam as much as the characters in The Accidental Tourist: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle). They are flawed, unique, and sometimes frustrating individuals who totally capture our hearts.
I am definitely giving Noah’s Compass five stars!