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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911747
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Family sagas have such an endless appeal that whenever one meets a really good one, like Anne Tyler's Searching for Caleb, one wonders why anyone bothers to write a different form of novel" -- Auberon Waugh "Anne Tyler is a writer whose special gift is to convey the richness, strangeness and unpredicability of seemingly everyday lives" Sunday Telegraph "Strange and enchanting" The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Magic and true, dazzling and wise...It has an astounding confidence, depth and range...A wonderful, wonderful novel."

THE BOSTON GLOBE

Duncan Peck has a fascination for randomness and is always taking his family on the move. His wife, Justine, is a fortune teller who can't remember the past. Her grandfather, Daniel, longs to find the brother who walked out of his life in 1912, with nothing more than a fiddle in his hand. All three are taking journeys that lead back to the family's deepest roots...to a place where rebellion and acceptance have the haunting power to merge into one.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her 17th novel. Her 11th, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The characters are more harum-scarum and quirky, but lovable and fun.
P. Schumacher
Daniel did not begin looking for his brother for practically 30 years after Caleb walked out.
Caitlin Tracy
Good writing like this is so hard to find, and needs to be treasured.
Rusty Kransky

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Rusty Kransky on August 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Anne Tyler is my favorite living author and one of less than a handful who produce books that I must rush out and buy immediately. In hardback, at full price - and I HATE paying full price! Novels like this are what made me fall in love with Anne Tyler. I do not understand other comments from readers. Apparently they want fictional characters to be inspirationally motivating role models that will save the world and enlighten us all. Well, sorry, but people are not like that in real life, either. They are exotic and boring and delightful and monstrously annoying, all at the same time, As are the Pecks. The story works brilliantly. While we are wondering if Caleb Peck will be found, we're learning about "black sheep" Justine and Duncan, how they met and married. Justine's story about the cousin who was such a bad influence on her, and what happened to him, is amusing, with a terrific ending line. I found all the Pecks delightful. I found neither Justine nor Duncan "weak" or "unpleasant," but flawed, and delightfully so. Perhaps other readers were made nervous by Justine's rootlessness; I don't know. I DO know that I have enjoyed all Tyler's books, and yet I constantly return to the Pecks - I love them! Anne Tyler has a great gift - that cannot be denied. Good writing like this is so hard to find, and needs to be treasured. I highly recommend this book - it's a gem!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E.C. on February 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Once again Anne Tyler outdoes herself with another intriguing novel, Searching For Caleb. The mix of irresistible details along with Tyler's ability to reach the irrational root of human nature absorbs and enchants the readers. Katha Pollitt, a reviewer of contemporary fiction, clearly states her opinion in a 1975 review, "Reading `Searching for Caleb,' one is constantly being startled by such moments: gestures, words, wrinkles of thought and feeling that are at once revelatory and exactly right." In Searching For Caleb, Anne Tyler creates and leads us to understand the Peck family of Baltimore. As a reserved, wealthy family, the Pecks are concerned with and only with the well being of their family, choosing to ignore the world outside of the secluded suburbia that several generations have called home. The presiding figure over the many generations is the aging grandfather, Daniel. Daniel's every thought is fixated on the mysterious disappearance of his musical brother, Caleb, which occurred over 60 years ago. Ironically, Daniel's grandson, Duncan, an untamed boy consumed by an infatuation with danger, also rebels against the Pecks. Justine, previously a fervent member of the Peck family and an amateur fortune-teller, marries her cousin, Duncan. The couple races through small New England towns and life trying to make a living with Duncan restlessly changing his profession and Justine's predictions. When Justine decides to join her grandfather, Daniel, in an effort to find his long, lost brother Caleb, she is also searching for much more. She is looking for an answer to love, life, and to the ever-changing directions of her unsettled husband, Duncan. Searching For Caleb is a "must-read" for any die-hard Anne Tyler enthusiasts. A twisting plot and an accelerated emotional roller coaster make this novel a classic and a compelling addition to Tyler's collection of heart-warming novels.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 1999
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I have read everything from Anne Tyler, and this is without a doubt my favorite. Although I agree that Justine, Duncan, or any of the Pecks are hardly rolemodels, they are fascinating characters and not that hard to relate to - haven't you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you had run away every time you felt like it?
One additional thought on Anne Tyler's writing style: she's amazingly talented. I've never read anyone who is as capable of making you understand a character though details of converstation as is Anne Tyler. It's more than worth giving her a chance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
A novel concerned more with its characters than any storyline, it's basically about the Peck family, especially the brothers Daniel and Caleb. Caleb, a musician, is not at all interested in the family business, which he is expected to take over with Daniel, and he runs away. The year is 1912. Daniel, and then his offspring, spend much of their lives looking for him.

Finally, after a private detective is hired, Caleb is located living in an old folks home for the poor in Louisiana. You'd expect this to be a good thing, but after all that, things don't turn out so hot: Daniel dies before being reunited with his brother and Justine, Daniel's granddaughter who brings Caleb home, is disappointed with him and leaves. It's a dark theme, but honest in its way, and Tyler handles it well. It's the most interesting thing about the book - the irony of the good turning bad. The book has a scattered feel about it, however, and some of the subplots are never resolved.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on August 31, 2003
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Anne Tyler succeeds in the difficult art of making essentially boring, humdrum, quirky, flawed, annoying, bizarre, weirdo social misfits the fascinating and eminently readable subjects of her books. The Pecks are no exception, who set about searching for the missing Caleb. What a rare and unusual talent this lady from Baltimore has. In reading a bio of her, I discovered she was a 19yo senior at Duke University when I was a clueless 17yo freshman there. Damn! If I'd only known...
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