One of eight Anne Tyler novels reissued in September 2008 with stunning new jackets in the new series style
Caleb Peck vanished in 1912, a voluntary refugee from an all-embracing Peckness of the Pecks. Sixty-one years later his half brother Daniel is still on trial, helped by his grand-daughter Justine, a character cursed with a Peckish necessity to see every side of a question. The moving search for the family's deepest roots, from the ragtime era at the end of the last century to small town America in the mid seventies is a haunting story about growing up and breaking away, rebellion and acceptance.
“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”
“Anne Tyler is a writer whose special gift is to convey the richness, strangeness and unpredicability of seemingly everyday lives”
“Strange and enchanting”