Anne Tyler: Searching for Caleb

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In her sixth novel, Searching for Caleb (1976), contemporary American author Anne Tyler presents a multigenerational twentieth-century portrait of the Peck family, an ensemble of relatives who make their home in and around the Baltimore, Maryland (USA) area. The primary focus is on Duncan and Justine Peck, first cousins who mature in mid-century and, despite family objections, marry and proceed to live outside of the closely knit family network. The couple walks way from the stability of residence in the staid Roland Park suburb and employment in the Peck family business, opting instead for a more peripatetic lifestyle; at one point, Justine goes so far as to describe her immediate family as “nomads” (171). Along the way, …

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Donohue, Cecilia. "Searching for Caleb". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2008
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