Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others.So when she receives a phone call telling her that her sons ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the-moment decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things.A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfillment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides its never too late to change direction, and choose your own path....
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Clock Dance Reviews
This was my first Anne Tyler book and I picked it up because it is the Barnes and noble book club quarterly pick!
The book opens when Willa is a young girl. We spend the next 100 or so pages going through her childhood and early adult life. She goes to college, gets married, has 2 sons and overall a pretty average American life. One day her and her then husband Derek are in a serious car accident and their lives are pretty much forever changed.
We jump to the next 20 years and Willa is mar ...more
3.5 I've read this author for years, her stories won't shake up the world nor cause any great seismic shifts in the Universe. Yet, they are so much about life, people that she treats so ternderly, with so much consideration for the unique individuals they are. Her writings, and this one is no exception, appeal because they are familiar. Her characters could be a family member, a friend, or the person one depends on when help is needed. Her unique talent is an insight into the many different ways ...more
Two stars for an Anne Tyler novel? Sadly, yes. I simple couldn't connect with the main character or story.
Even more disheartening, though: Tyler's Author Note, personal testimony: "At seven I came to the sad conclusion that I was constitutionally incapable of believing there was a God."
For me, no sadder words could ever be uttered....
4.5 stars, rounded up
Anne Tyler is a master at writing about the ordinary in an extraordinary way. This is a beautifully told, thought-provoking novel that resonates with emotional depth. Terrific dialogue and well-developed quirky characters also makes it an endearing read. I read this book cover to cover in one day. I loved it. Anne Tyler simply gets women and understands their rich interior life.
Willa is in her early 60’s and has spent her life with strong men (some, including me, might call ...more
Full disclosure: I’d call myself Anne Tyler’s “Number One Fan” if that line wasn’t so creepy (thanks a lot, Stephen King). So it’s no surprise that I adored “Clock Dance” and want everyone in the world to read it, and ALL of Tyler’s stellar oeuvre.
I’m not the only fan who has called Tyler the “Jane Austen of our time”; the comparisons are obvious: beautiful writing, accessibility, colorful characters, perfectly pitched dialogue, and a focus on domestic stories. And woe be to anyone who considers ...more
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Pub. Date: July 10, 2018
"Clock Dance," the latest novel by the author Anne Tyler, affectionately known as the bard of Baltimore, is filled with her familiar themes and quirky characters, but it is not up to par with her earlier works. The gist of the book is that the heroine has four defining moments of her life, which is categorized into four years. The reader only gets flashing glimpses of the first three defining moments, which is part-one ...more
In many ways this is a typical Anne Tyler book. The characters are quirky but they make up a community that somehow works. But, unlike most of Tyler’s other books, this main character, Willa, just never connected for me. I felt as if I was standing outside watching instead of inside sharing Willa’s life. This just didn’t have the magic of her earlier novels like Saint Maybe and Breathing Lessons, and I don’t expect it to remain with me the way A Spool of Blue Thread did.
I still love Anne Tyler. ...more