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Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler

In Noah's Compass, Liam Pennywell is a 61-year-old teacher forced into early retirement. Since he hasn't particularly enjoyed teaching, he goes quietly and decides that it's an opportunity to downsize his life. He sells many of his possessions and moves into a smaller apartment. His first night there, though, results in amnesia when he wakes with no memory of the intruder who left him with a concussion. This draws his ex-wife and daughters back into his life, although his relationship with all of them is distant at best. Liam obsesses about the missing memories of that night until he meets Eunice, a woman who works as a professional "rememberer." Eunice slowly worms her way into Liam's life, forcing him to reconsider his assumptions of what this last period of his life should hold for him. Anne Tyler's novel has received positive reviews with The Observer saying, "Noah's Compass is a beautifully subtle book, an elegant contemplation of what it means to be happy and the consequences of a defensive withdrawal from other people."
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by Elizabeth Day

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by Joan Frank

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