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Chili and Cornbread from Redhead by the Side of the Road

Micah Mortimer, a self-employed tech expert and loner, seems content to lead a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. Before he knows it, Micah is forced to grapple with the risk, the inconvenience, and the pricelessness of love.

As NPR says, “Tyler’s novels are always worth scooping up—but especially this gently amusing soother, right now.” We couldn’t agree more. To complement this sparkling novel about second chances and human connection, cook up a bowl of classic chili and a generous slice of cornbread—Micah’s go-to dinner choice that is sure to nourish your soul as well as your body.

To download a PDF of the classic chili and cornbread recipes, click here.

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