Barnaby Gailtin has less in life than he once had: His ex-wife left him and their native Baltimore several years ago, taking their baby daughter with her, and he has acquired an unalterably fixed position as the black sheep of the family in a family where black sheep aren't tolerated. Then the angelic Sophia enters his life and it seems as if all this is set to change. But can he shake off his past?
|Narrator||Judy Le Besque|
THE AMATEUR MARRIAGE
Michael and Pauline seem like the perfect couple - he was smitten the first time he saw her in Baltimore. In the heat of the moment, in World War II, they were hastily wed. But perhaps they should never have married.
BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWN UPS
When Joe Davitch first saw Rebecca he wanted for himself some of the happiness that spilled from her. Once married she became the lynch pin of the Davitch family. After Joe's untimely death Rebecca realises that she feels like an imposter in her own life.
Anne Tyler's novel covers the events of a day in the lives of Maggie and Ira. The basic incompatibility of their marriage and the love that binds them together nevertheless are both revealed.
One day, Willa Drake receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory, and surrounded by eccentric neighbours who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places.
THE CLOCK WINDER
Newly-widowed Mrs Emerson sacks her handyman and replaces him with Elizabeth, a lanky, awkward girl. A bond develops between the two women, and against her will Elizabeth is drawn into the disorderly lives of the Emerson family.
DIGGING TO AMERICA
In August 1997 two Korean baby girls are flown to Baltimore to be adopted by two very different American families. Over the years the families' lives overlap, especially at the annual party to celebrate 'Arrival Day'. A gentle and funny story of pride, belonging and love.
DINNER AT THE HOMESICK RESTAURANT
Shared memories bind together all families and the Tulls of Baltimore are no exception. Abandoned by her husband, Pearl is left to bring up her three children alone and now, as she lies dying, the past and its secrets are unlocked.
IF MORNING EVER COMES
Law student Ben Joe Hawkes desperately misses his family, so when he hears that his elder sister has returned home with her baby he decides to visit, but once there he has to confront his past.
LADDER OF YEARS
Cordelia Grinstead, on holiday with her husband and family, went for a walk along the beach and just kept walking - away from her family and her life!
Liam Pennywell has taken early retirement from his teaching job in a run-down private school and moved into a condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. A day later he wakes up in hospital with a sore and bandaged head and no memory of what has happened. This leads him to meet an unusual woman who also has secrets to hide.
A SLIPPING-DOWN LIFE
Teenager Evie Decker lives in a small Southern USA town where she becomes infatuated by a local rock singer. Their lives become entwined when she carves his name on her forehead.
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD
The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.