The Tin Can Tree
2 journalers for this copy...
Jan'05 - i've just read Tyler's first novel If Morning Ever Comes, so I might bump this - her second novel - up the running order ;)
James spends a lot of time and most of his energy looking after his sick brother Ansel. And then there’s his partner, sort-of, Joan, who is similarly drifting; living like a guest in her own life, with her Aunt and Uncle in the same ‘three-family house’. The novel is set against the back-drop of the death of a young girl, Janie Rose, and the reactions & coping mechanisms of those around it.
Photographs feature quite a lot, including a haunting image of Janie Rose, her death and her appearnace in the picture an accident, and others which the semi-professional James has collected with,‘...the idea of photographing everyone he knew in the way his mind pictured them when they weren’t around’; as well as more formally posed family groups. I think there's a subtle message is about living a physical life in the here-and-now rather than sealing people and time in black-and-white, like museum pieces to be brought out occasionally and looked at rather than experienced.
Will James & Joan get together in the end...’not telling ;)
(ps. i've seen a couple of negative reviews about this; suggestions that it's one of Tyler's weaker books. But i'm not sure, I think there's plenty to like about it, maybe it's a bit more understated than her usual work?)
Released 13 yrs ago (3/17/2006 UTC) at
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Posting as part of my 'Spread the Word' bookbox
Since I haven't read any Anne Tyler novels before, I'm glad to have had the chance to read this, and will plan a suitable release at some point.