Taken In by Beverly Coyle

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In Taken In we meet Malcolm and Susan Robb, a contemporary couple with purposeful work, outreach and children. After an accidental meeting between their son, Matt, and Angela Bert, a runaway and sometimes prostitute, and her sidekick, Cooper Reese, the Robbs find Cooper at their door raving about matters that seem to have nothing to do with them. In moments, all of their lives are utterly changed. Not only is there a murder, but Malcolm must face that his son will never follow in his footsteps, that his daughter, despite her youth, is more capable than he is, and that his marriage contains many more secrets than he could possibly have imagined. Self-revelation, a mysterious neighbor, and strange new alliances knit Coyle's vivid characters together in a forced reappraisal of normalcy and insanity, generosity and self-interest. Taken In is certain to be hailed as another "perfect, dazzling" (Los Angeles Times) and "brilliant" (The New York Times Book Review) work from Beverly Coyle, who New York Newsday calls "quirky and unpredictable, knowing yet forgiving, [and] always wise".

About Beverly Coyle

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Beverly Jones Coyle was born August 2, 1946, in Miami, Florida, and is known for her literary criticism, short stories, and novels. After receiving a B.A. from Florida State (1968) and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska (1974), Beverly Coyle taught English at the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Vassar College (New York). She began writing through an assignment in college. Her first published works were nonfiction on the life and poetry of Wallace Stevens, entitled A Thought to Be Rehearsed: Aphorism in Wallace Stevens' Poetry and Secretaries of the Moon: The Letters of Wallace Stevens and Jose Rodriguez Feo. In the latter, Coyle examines the eleven-year correspondence of Stevens with Cuban critic Feo to uncover a personal aspect. The Kneeling Bus, a loosely woven collection of short stories, was Coyle's first fiction work. It is a memoir of Florida in the 1950s, a time when rural communities prevailed. In a later novel, Coyle writes about an older Floridian, her grandfather who cares for a son stricken by Alzheimer's.
Published January 1, 1998 by Viking. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Coyle (The Kneeling Bus; In Troubled Waters) is very hard to characterize. She is excellent at domestic detail, with an offbeat comic touch that makes her something of an Anne Tyler who sets her scene

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But there are problems: cross-dressing Oren never comes to life as more than a plot device, the setting--a small north Florida college town--lacks any convincing sense of place, and there are too many muddled conversations that go nowhere despite considerable whimsical charm.

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