Ladder of Years (Paperback)
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Ladder of Years (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 01/02/1996
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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
ISBN: 9780099479413
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 355 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm


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'A masterly author' - Sebastian Faulks

'Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good' - John Updike

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'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

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“Not what I expected”

I bought this book after watching Anna Chancellor (Duckface from Four Weddings) on Anne Robinson's 'My Life in Books'.
She had quoted it as being one of the books which had influenced her life. She read... More

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“Woman on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown”

Cordelia Grinstead is a wife and mother to three children. Her husband Sam, a doctor, recently suffered a heart attack, (though Delia, as she is commonly known, refers to it as chest pains). At or about the same time... More

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“Really disappointing”

I was excited to read this book, but I found it slow and it had a poor ending. None of the characters were likeable, least of all Delia. Very disappointing.

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