Ladder Of Years by Anne Tyler

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.


A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

BALTIMORE WOMAN DISAPPEARS DURING FAMILY VACATION, declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life . . . .

"TYLER DETAILS DELIA'S ADVENTURE WITH GREAT SKILL . . . As so often in her earlier fiction--Celestial Navigation, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and her nine other novels--[she] creates distinct characters caught in poignantly funny situations. . . .Tyler writes with a clarity that makes the commonplace seem fresh and the pathetic touching."
--The New York Times

"UTTERLY COMPELLING. . .WONDERFULLY SATISFYING. . .Ladder of Years is virtually flawless."
--Chicago Tribune

"A 'PAGE-TURNER' IN THE BEST SENSE . . . One wants to lightly caress the pages of the story because one cares for Ms. Tyler's touchingly flawed characters. . . . Both madcap and genteel, Anne Tyler knows as well as anyone that 'human beings lead many lives.' Casually, delightfully, Ladder of Years will tell you just how we humans manage this trick."
--The Baltimore Sun
 

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 May 20, 2010 by Ballantine Books. 347 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Another agreeably offbeat journey back to Tyler country (i.e., Baltimore and environs), where the characters who will fill the big, slightly dowdy, old houses are spellbound by their own homely lives, their routines, their family stories, their recipes for mint pea soup -- until something happens...

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Tyler's latest, about a middle-aged woman who runs away from her husband and children and takes on a new life, spent 17 weeks on PW's bestseller list.

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Some readers may have difficulty accepting Delia's ability to absent herself from her children, but Tyler engages our sympathy and growing respect for a character who finally realizes that ``the ladder of years'' is a time trip to the future.

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This novel of a housewife's escape spent 17 weeks on PW's bestseller list.

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Ladder of Years Anne Tyler (Knopf, $24) Delia, the hero of Anne Tyler's latest novel of quiet epiphanies and family seismology, is a fortysomething housewife who has lived a lifetime of defining herself through those around her-that is, until one summer day when she wanders away from her family.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed This novel offers a first-class ticket to anyone who has ever fantasized about leaving an old life behind for a new one.

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