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This Must Be the Place

Reading Room

  • A story about second chances
    A story about second chances A friend in a book club to which I once belonged disliked Anne Tyler’s novel, Saint Maybe. “I’ve read other novels by her,” she said, “and her characters are always eccentrics.” Her comment brought a smile then and brings one now.
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