Clock Dance

Clock Dance

A novel

eBook - 2018
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NATIONAL BEST SELLER • TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR USA TODAY • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: O Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Times (London)
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.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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Jul 02, 2020

I haven’t read Anne Tyler for many years but enjoyed the books I have read. This book is a bit superficial, many characters are introduced but few are fleshed out in great detail. Still, the main characters are charming and Willa’s life is well defined. A quick read for a lazy day.

cmlibrary_sally Feb 22, 2020

This book is a very quick read highlighting the pivotal moments in our lives and how they can change us. Great for a book club discussion. 4 stars due to the lack of investment in the protagonist's sons. That could have been so much more.

TSCPL_Miranda Oct 28, 2019

I loved this book! The story eased into my thoughts, so that I found myself wondering about the characters, and guessing what might happen at the end, but it was a gentle suspense. I wanted to savor this book, take my time reaching the end. The main character was savoring her experience, too, so it may be a sign of a truly excellent writer that I did the same as I read. Like the best books, I've found myself considering my life as I read, and taking an inventory of what is meaningful to me. 4 rather than 5 because I would have liked one more chapter, just a little more of a fade out at the end, but I so look forward to reading more of Tyler's work.

Aug 16, 2019

This book is the first one I've read by Anne Tyler. It was disappointing. The lack of conflict and suspense made the story dull and boring. The story hops disjointly from childhood to college to marriage. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

Jun 10, 2019

Love Anne Tyler books and this was fantastic. Anne has a way of delving into families, friendships and relationships, makes you feel as though you are part of fabric of the story.

Feb 08, 2019

A great book to read on the porch with an iced tea. Everyone needs a second chance and to find a place where they want to be and are needed. Not her best, but enjoyable.

Feb 01, 2019

All of Anne Tyler’s books I have read I really like. She gives you such a unique glimpse into her characters lives & their thinking. I enjoyed this Book!

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 17, 2018

Tyler is a master storyteller and a genius at understanding and portraying human nature. In this book her very conventional protagonist makes unconventional decisions. Older characters offer each other tips on how to get through the days and years they have left.

bookishdl Nov 29, 2018

I liked this but didn't love it but couldn't give it 3 stars as it deserves more purely for the exquisite writing by Tyler. It seemed to take me a very long time to finish even though it's a short novel really. Characterisation was wonderful as Tyler always seems to be able to do. The story meanders along and it was wonderful to see the development of the relationship between Willa, Denise and Cheryl. I was a little bit smitten with Cheryl if I'm honest. It was a skilful tactic of the author to present Willa as a person who didn't recognise her own value and yet so many others liked her for who she was and saw her real qualities.

The final paragraph was fabulous! I gave a little punch in the air - read it to see why.

Nov 06, 2018

'Clock Dance' portrays Willa's life, from the time she was a child but had to play an adult's role when her mother left now and then, to the time she yearns to be a grandparent. We see Willa going to college, marrying Derek, becoming widowed and remarrying. However, the most poignant parts of the book are when she travels across the country to look after a child who is not really her grandchild. In doing so she has a falling out with her husband but this does not deter her. I enjoyed reading about Willa's relationship with nine-year old Cheryl and the ending was just spectacular.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 18, 2018

"She sees herself as a tiny skirted figure like the silhouette on a ladies' room door, skimming the curve of the earth as it sails through space." - last sentence


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