The slightly eccentric and self absorbed Peck family in this instance. The Pecks pride themselves on their closeness and ability to live in a self contained and exclusive way. To be a Peck you have to live in a certain way which they assume must be the envy of all. As with most families, all is not as it may seem. Caleb Peck left the family.
One day he just walked out and never came back. His brother Daniel Peck, now 91, with the help of his unconventional granddaughter Justine is searching for Caleb. Justine who was once very conventional broke that mould when she married her cousin Duncan. Similarly to Caleb, Duncan too, one day up and left. A Story of the Strangite Mormons in Wisconsin and o Fleeing persecution, Rusty follows his family group to Beaver Island.
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No one does it better. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was a re-read from many years ago and it was even better second-time-around. Tyler creates quirky characters instinctively -- they aren't self-consciously quirky, it's just the way they are. And sharing their adventures is such FUN!
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Each of Ms Tyler's books are so unique it just makes you want to read all of them. This book was in very good condition, however, it was not the best of books. I was somewhat disappointed. Searching For Caleb had a new setting every five pages, family members who walked out and wouldn't have come back until they were "kidnapped", and chaotic events that led to a suicide, all of which made this book interesting in an unusual way. This book is first set on a train going to New York City in the year of Then the scene changes to Cairo Mill, Maryland.
Suddenly it changes to Baltimore, Maryland in the 's. A bit later it changes to Baltimore in Anne Tyler told most of the story in Maryland, but at the end, she changes to Louisiana.
The story was about the Peck family, which was a very sophisticated family. Wealthy, respectable, self-involved, they always wore hats. Even the little girls never went out of the house without a hat on. Basically the story was about Daniel Peck's search for his brother, Caleb, who walked off in It was also about his granddaughter Justine Peck's realization that she will never be the Peck that she always dreamed to be. The concept of this book, then, is finding oneself. Daniel Peck's main conflict was evident in his search for Caleb. When Caleb was in his twenties he just walked out on the family and didn't return or make contact with any family member.
Searching for Caleb
Pointing out to his cousin Justine Mayhew that she is wearing a hat only because it is a Peck practice, the observant Duncan lists all the family customs, such as wearing English riding boots and refusing to develop cavities, and all the family prejudices—against golf, plastic, and emotion, for example. So extensive a code can, like the moat which Duncan mentions, effectively keep non-Pecks at a distance. An Anne Tyler Companion. University of South Carolina Press, The Fiction of Anne Tyler.