Noah's Compass Tyler's 18th novel, Noah's Compass , features an aimless 60-year-old Baltimorean whose defining characteristic is resignation. Liam Pennywell has barely been a presence in his… Noah's Compass Tyler's 18th novel, Noah's Compass , features an aimless 60-year-old Baltimorean whose defining characteristic is resignation. Liam Pennywell has barely been a presence in his… 2010-01-05 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

Noah's Compass (2010)

Anne Tyler, Noah's Compass | Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 05, 2010; Writer: Anne Tyler; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

Tyler's 18th novel, Noah's Compass, features an aimless 60-year-old Baltimorean whose defining characteristic is resignation. Liam Pennywell has barely been a presence in his own life, settling for a divorce and a series of professional disappointments. His final drift into oblivion is interrupted by a violent assault that partially robs him of his memory but also indirectly gives him one final chance at happiness. Tyler, renowned for placid, introverted characters, has created an insurmountable challenge with this one. Liam eludes the reader just as he does his frustrated loved ones. Tyler's beautiful storytelling restraint, usually so rewarding, is unfulfilling here. B–

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Originally posted Jan 13, 2010 Published in issue #1086 Jan 22, 2010 Order article reprints
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