Barnaby's a bit of an unreliable narrator, or at least I thought so at the beginning of this charming story. His family doesn't trust him. He thinks his clients don't trust him. But he sees himself, at least as he approaches 30, as an honest man. And he sweetly, bumblingly, goes on to prove it. He seems to have set himself up to fail once again. The ending is a real winner, though, proving that you can't judge anyone by the degrees they've earned or the jobs they hold, or even how beautiful their lovers are.
Son of a wealthy Baltimore family, Barney Gaitlin is in a lifelong struggle to live up to their expectations of him. His heart is in the right place, however, and through his eyes we come to appreciate the patchwork of people coping with life on our planet. A charming, funny, thought-provoking novel.
Story of former "bad boy" who grew up to have a heart of gold. Wasn't as good as most of Anne Tyler books. His personality was a little weird for my taste.
Nice story and an easy read. I love how Anne Tyler presents realistic characters in such a simple straight forward way, yet she has a way of expressing something so deep. Everyone should have a "man you can trust" in their life, or be one!
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