Ladder Of Years by Anne TylerLadder Of Years by Anne Tyler

Ladder Of Years

byAnne Tyler

Paperback | April 23, 2002

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"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...

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941, but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Anne Tyler has written thirteen novels. Breathing Lessons was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the A...
Title:Ladder Of YearsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.72 inPublished:April 23, 2002Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014301241X

ISBN - 13:9780143012412


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Ladder of Years is Delia's journey to come into her own significance outside of her role as wife and mother. To do so, she basically walks away from her family while on vacation. She ends up in a tiny town call Bay Borough where she lives for a year and a half as just Delia. She doesn't reinvent herself; rather, she allows herself to be, without evaluating herself by the actions of others. Her daughter's marriage takes her back to her family and she is able to be herself without becoming enmeshed in their relations as he had in the past. She, in turn, is able to stand back and allow them to be individuals on their own.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, poignant - great read for moms with about-to-launch kids.... This is one of my favourite Ann Tyler books. At the time I first read this, I could so relate to Delia - what if I just upped and walked away? No yelling or anything - just made a break....And her growth and change is lovely to behold. The book is not anti-anything, really, but it is about finding one's own self in the midst of a busy family.
Date published: 2017-06-26