If Morning Ever Comes (1964) is American author Anne Tyler's first novel, published when she was only 22.

If Morning Ever Comes
First edition
AuthorAnne Tyler
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherKnopf
Publication date
1964
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages265 pp

Set in Sandhill, North Carolina, it focuses on Ben Joe Hawkes, a self-proclaimed worrier who finds himself responsible for taking care of his mother and six sisters after his father deserts the family for his mistress and subsequently dies of a heart attack.

At its start, Ben Joe has left Sandhill to pursue a law degree at Columbia University; however, he soon learns that his eldest sister, Joanne, has left her husband and returned home with her baby girl. Out of a mixture of homesickness and a sense of responsibility, he returns home to assume his role as head of the family. Eventually, he realizes that his family may not need him as much as he needs his independence. Joanne and her husband are reconciled, and Ben Joe renews friendly relations with his late father's mistress. He proposes to his ex-girlfriend, Shelley, and the two return to New York to be married.

External links edit

  • Prescott, Orville (November 11, 1964). "Return to the Hawkes Family". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018.