Ladder of Years (Paperback)Anne Tyler (author)
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Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for August 2018
Mrs Grinstead was last seen around noon this past Monday, walking south along the stretch of sand between Bethany and Sea Colony
One warm summer's day at the beach, forty-year-old Cordelia Grinstead, dressed only in a swimsuit and beach robe, walks away from her family and just keeps on going.
For Delia’s life has slowly been shifting under her feet, her children grown and changed and her dependable, doctor husband suddenly obsessed with household renovation, leaving even the stable surroundings of her home unrecognisable. So she decides to begin again.
After hitching a ride with a stranger to a new town where she knows no one, she reinvents herself as a single woman with no ties and begins living a new life altogether. But how long can she keep this up before her real life finds her?
A modern fairy-tale - with subtle echoes of romance novels and the tragedy of King Lear – rich in the comedy of everyday matters, Ladder of Years is one of Anne Tyler’s most playful and understatedly brilliant novels. Balancing the mundane and the unexpected, Tyler pulls readers in with her expert skill for understanding the nuances of ordinary existence, capturing life’s endless capacity for change. For readers new to Tyler’s work, this is a perfect place to start. As the New York Times writes, ‘so rigorous and artful is the style without a style, so measured and delicate is each observation, so complex is the structure and so astute and open the language, that the reader can relax, feel secure in the narrative and experience the work as something real’.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 309 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'One of my favourite authors ' - Liane Moriarty
'She spins gold' - Elizabeth Buchan
'Anne Tyler has no peer' - Anita Shreve
'My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' - Nick Hornby
'A masterly author' - Sebastian Faulks
'Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good' - John Updike
'I love Anne Tyler' - Anita Brookner
'It is difficult to imagine a writer so prodigiously gifted' - Herald
'Another winner from Anne Tyler' - Independent
'Every scene breathes with intimacy. Lifelikeness almost lifts the characters off the page...scintillating with joie de vivre' - The Sunday Times
'Utterly compelling...wonderfully satisfying...virtually flawless' - The Chicago Tribune
'Anne Tyler is a writer of immaculate delicacy' - The Observer
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