Daphne, the baby of the family, is fighting to avoid growing up.
His religion gives him a sense of community and the ability to handle the situation day by day, but ultimately he must let go of the guilt and live his own life.
Ian finds out that the father of the children, Thomas Dulsimore Senior, has died. Shortly after, Lucy dies of an overdose of sleeping pills, and responsibility for the care of the deceased couple's three children two from their mother's previous marriage falls to their grandparents.
Exactly how she makes us care so much about him remains a mystery to me. Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler is the story of a man seeking redemption for his past mistakes. As the years pass and the three children mature, Ian continues to be torn between his sense of obligation to the children and the urge to have a "real life," but he increasingly finds solace and peace in participation at the church and becomes devoted to it, its homespun followers, and Rev.
He struggles to become a better man to relieve the guilt that he feels.
She is beginning to worry about what she will do without him. She still doesn't drive and seems to be stuck in a state of childhood.
Ian turns to religion for answers. Agatha notices that the house is falling apart.