Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler

Ladder of Years

byAnne Tyler

Kobo ebook | May 5, 2015

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"UTTERLY COMPELLING . . . WONDERFULLY SATISFYING . . . VIRTUALLY FLAWLESS."
--Chicago Tribune

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, [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

Title:Ladder of YearsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143196324

ISBN - 13:9780143196327

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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