Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
A novel

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This whole section is reminiscent of Tyler’s best work, such as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Unfortunately, the dark edge of Clock Dance’s early pages soon gives way to a much more sentimental narrative.
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Synopsis

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.
 

About Anne Tyler

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her eighteenth novel. Her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Published July 10, 2018 by Knopf. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Jul 11 2018

What drives the novel are Tyler’s wonderfully direct and evocative character sketches and dialogue that flows with grace and humor, deceptive in its simplicity. Like all her books, “Clock Dance” is unfussy but generous.

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Reviewed by Kate Tuttle on Aug 01 2018

...seem simple because she makes the very difficult look easier than it is. Her books are smarter and more interesting than they might appear on the surface; then again, so are our mothers.

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Reviewed by Molly McCloskey on Aug 18 2018

This whole section is reminiscent of Tyler’s best work, such as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Unfortunately, the dark edge of Clock Dance’s early pages soon gives way to a much more sentimental narrative.

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Reviewed by Julie Myerson on Jul 24 2018

The episode, as unnerving as it is intriguing, dissolves, barely resolved and only semi-explained. And maybe that’s Tyler’s point. But I finished this novel wishing I could take her back to that wonderfully unsettling earlier moment and beg her to make Willa scream and then see what happened next.

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