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
Something very strange takes place early in Anne Tyler’s new novel, “Clock Dance.” A college student named Willa is flying home with her boyfriend when suddenly the man sitting on the other side of her whispers, “This is a gun, and it’s loaded. Move and I shoot.”
If former president Bill Clinton can write a thriller, why can’t Anne Tyler? Just imagine it: The Bard of Baltimore at 76 leaving behind all those quirky family meals and taking to the skies with a white-knuckle adventure full of gore an ...more
Second chances, do-overs, reinventing oneself, rebirth, awakenings--are they wish-fulfillment fantasies? Can we change our lives? Or are we wound up by childhood experiences and genetics and parental models to whirl across the stage of a life we have no control over?
This is the essence of Anne Tyler's novel Clock Dance, the story of Willa, a woman who comes at life slant, passive and bending.
"From beginning to end, she thought, she'd done everything wrong."-Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
Second chanc ...more
4 stars - Thank you to Penguin's First to Read and Knopf for a chance to read and review this ARC. Publishes mid July 2018.
Anne Tyler happens to be one of my favorite authors. She can take a can of beans and make a whole meal out of it. Very talented author who writes about the everyday, often mundane parts of every mans life. I have always found her character development to strong, her story line to practical and her voice to be magical.
In this new book, Willa Drake moves through time. It sta ...more
Even a middling Anne Tyler book is better than a lot of modern fiction. Compared to some of her other novels, this is not one of my favorites, mainly because I had a hard time relating to Willa, the main character. During an argument with another character, she is accused of being "so cheery and polite and genteel and superficial". Aha, I thought, my feelings exactly. She was always trying to apologize and diffuse situations. I know some women like this, and they irritate me. Get real! Take a st ...more
This was close to classic Anne Tyler for me. She has such a feel for family dynamics, their foibles and shortcomings, their strengths and disappointments. I liked Willa, we all know someone like her. A good person, mild-mannered, apt to be taken for granted. Here, she is struggling for some semblance of a meaningful life beyond that for which she has settled. She will be presented with a most unlikely way to find it.
Although these are not spoilers in the truest sense, you might prefer to ...more
I am giving up with this book. I have read a few of Anne Tyler's books and liked them. However, this one and I are just not jelling. So, I am quitting at page 203 feeling that I did give it a good go. Some books are just not for everyone. I need to remember that always.
There is no one, absolutely no one, who is better at creating and developing characters than Anne Tyler. Her plots may drag a bit, there may be too little dramatic tension to fully sustain the reader, but you can always count on her characterization.
In her latest effort, she divides the book into four sections. Starting in 1967, when the main character Willa is 11-years-old, then ten years later to 1977 when she is a 21-year-old college student, then 20 years later to when she is 41 and becomes ...more