Anne Tyler is always a pleasurable read with a little underlying discomfort. In this story, a very likable woman makes some slightly wrong choices, especially in her relationships and lives a life we wish she could and would change. She sees and doesn't want to see what her life is and yet for most of the book, just doesn't seem to consider doing it differently. Strange circumstances ultimately precipitate change.
“Anne Tyler’s extraordinary ability to tell a story in the simplest language has helped her become one of our most beloved authors. In Clock Dance, she brings us Willa Drake, who has been seeking something all her life, it seems. It’s not until she’s reached middle age that she finally opens a new door in her heart and welcomes in the most unusual group of people: an entire neighborhood, ready to bring her a new perspective and an understanding of life that will change her forever. Tyler’s newest is one for book groups, one for book lovers, and one for you, too.”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
A New York Times best-selling novel of self-discovery and second chances from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Redhead by the Side of the Road Willa Drake has had three opportunities to start her life over: in 1967, as a schoolgirl whose mother has suddenly disappeared; in 1977, when considering a marriage proposal; and in 1997, as a young widow trying to hold her family together. So she is surprised when in 2017 she is given one last chance to change everything, after receiving a startling phone call from a stranger.
Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to help a young woman she's never met. This impulsive decision, maybe the first one she’s consciously made in her life, 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.
One of the Best Books of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
ANNE TYLER is the author of more than twenty novels. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Anne Tyler is one of this country’s great artists . . . She has lost none of the inspired grace of her prose, nor her sad, frank humor, nor her limitless sympathy for women who ask for little and get less . . . Beautiful, understated, humane.” —USA Today
“Tenderly devastating . . . Affecting . . . A quiet but sharply feminist statement.” —Entertainment Weekly
“A psychologically astute study of an intelligent, curious woman . . . A triumph.” —Boston Globe
“Exquisite. . . . What keeps us glued are the lovely, intricate details; the depiction of human emotion as odd and splendid; and the tiny flickers of hope that feel like bursts of joy.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Tyler writes with enormous warmth about all her characters.” —Baltimore Sun
“Tyler’s stirring story celebrates the joys of self-discovery and the essential truth that family is ours to define.” —People
“In Tyler’s effortless, uncluttered prose, the novel beautifully explores an older woman’s search for meaning and agency in her life.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Feels as comforting as coming home.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Pulls you right in and keeps on ticking . . . Tyler’s novels reassure us that the possibilities for meaningful connection—which so often seem lost in our hectic world—are still out there.” —Newsday
“Anne Tyler is the most dependably rewarding novelist now at work in our country.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A gorgeous gem of a novel about family and second chances.” —Bustle
“What’s so amazing about Tyler’s novels is the way she makes ordinary people and ordinary things so fascinating . . . In Tyler’s hands, life’s mundane activities feel vital . . . Revelatory . . . Unwrapping the story is a delight.” —Chicago Tribune
“Full of wisdom about relationships, delivered in gorgeous language and with considerable charm.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Clock Dance is Anne Tyler at her best . . . An entertaining, heartwarming story about second chances and the real meaning of family . . . Full of the sorts of eccentric yet totally believable characters that Anne Tyler is a genius at creating . . . Captivating . . . A delight.” —Greensboro News & Record (NC)
“A joy to read . . . These characters come to life off the page.” —Baltimore Magazine