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Clock Dance
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
108 posts | 98 read | 1 reading | 78 to read
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OriginalCyn620
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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Clwojick Great choice! 6mo
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Geemom1118
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I have had this on my tbr list for some time and when I saw it at my local Ollie‘s for$3.99 I had to get it. I wasn‘t a huge fan of the book. It was cool to have some references from some small towns near me but other than that I wouldn‘t rush out to read another book by this author.

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pigeonsandcrows
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Mehso-so

The success of this novel hinges on how sympathetic of a character you find Willa to be. I typically find Anne Tyler's main characters relatable and can root for them wholeheartedly, but this one was an exception. The writing was as good as usual, but this (her 22nd novel!) just missed the mark for me.

Cpg I‘ve just read your review- I just finished reading it last night and I thought about it several times today....I just felt let down at the end. I always enjoy her characters and storylines. I guess I wanted more of the story. 9mo
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marleed
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Pickpick

I‘m a fan of fictional and non-fictional characters who live an examined life. Ordinary or extraordinary, it‘s the examination that fascinates me. It was fun reading the quick jump from 1967 to 77 to 97 until the story took shape in 2017.

...And can y‘all hear me scream...
SEPTEMBER #BookSpinBingo BLACKOUT!

Sace 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🖤🖤🖤🖤 2y
Megabooks 🥳🥳🎉🎉 2y
Deblovestoread Well done! 2y
marleed @Kdgordon88 @Megabooks @Sace The only way I can attempt this is with 5 Free spaces for mood reading. But, boy I feel accomplished for addressing my TBR this year. 2y
TheAromaofBooks YAY!!! What a great month!!!! 2y
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MelKelsey
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Pickpick

Book 108 I listened to this novel about a woman who's unfulfilled as an empty-nester. The book gives the reader a brief glance into her childhood before jumping to her college years, then to her later years. Well-written with intriguing characters, the gaps in the story are disappointing and the ending is an abrupt turn. However, the disappointment stems from investment, and that is a compliment to Tyler's storytelling and character- building.

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MeganLindell
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ • A quick read that I didn‘t think I‘d like, but I liked it enough. Subtle but interesting commentary on a woman‘s reliance on men.

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Sweettartlaura
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Bailedbailed

I can‘t even give this my usual 10% before bailing. Somewhere along the way I lost my love for Anne Tyler. And it‘s just not coming back 🤷🏻‍♀️😔

Megabooks Very mediocre, anyway. 2y
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cdcnmac
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Our magnolia tree bloomed this week- smells amazing! Just finished audio of Clock Dance- love this style of book where it is a place I am familiar with and a everyday story with flawed characters.

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LibrarianRyan
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Need an audio book. Penguin is giving away one free on their volumes app. Not something I want to listen to but hey it‘s free and I may need it during my #covidvacay

BookishMarginalia I got it for the same reason! 3y
Trashcanman 👋🏼😘😊🤗🔭🤪♥️👊 3y
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LauraJ
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Here‘s a cool freebie!

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NikkiKey94
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
Mehso-so

I felt like it took me a while to push through this book. I wasn‘t a huge fan of it. I‘ve never read anything by Anne Tyler before and I‘m not sure I will again. It just wasn‘t my cup of tea. Overall the book wasn‘t bad but it didn‘t keep me interested enough to not want to put it down. I‘m trying to catch up on the Barnes and Noble book club picks because I‘m so far behind! I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️.
#bnbookclub

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Pickpick

Just finished my book club book way too early— we don‘t meet for 2 more weeks! Oh well. The writing is so so good, but the ending? Just like that? Give us an epilogue or something please!!

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Pickpick

I listened to this over the weekend, driving to and from my 6 jobs, & today on my day off
I loved the everydayness in this story & is similar in this way to a recent novel I read of Tyler's, Patchwork Planet.

I think I see here how absurd it is when your own family act/feel like acquaintances to you & the importance you can have to people who are no relation to you at all.
And how much you grow when you take yourself out of your daily routine.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Pickpick

Long drives to different jobs this weekend so I started Clock Dance on audiobook in the car.
Loving it so far. Willa's life and some of her experiences are very relatable for me.
I can't wait to drive to my jobs tomorrow so I can keep listening!!

ljuliel Cute Cover. I think the cover I‘ve seen here has a cactus on it ? I like yours better. 3y
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JillR
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Mehso-so

The Anne Tyler books I‘ve read have tended to be understated. I appreciate that she writes well about normal people, in stories with little drama, and that that is part of her appeal. In parts this was touching and also amusing but like her other books I‘ve read it didn‘t grab me and I feel like I might have forgotten it by next week. Maybe I just want more drama! 🤷‍♀️

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catebutler
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Last night, with peppermint tea in hand and Downton Abbey (re-watch for the movie release) in the background, I read the first 150 pages before bedtime. This is my first Tyler, and I‘m finding the storyline is simple, and addictive. I‘m hoping to finish this up later this evening, after attending a special advanced showing of the new Downton Abbey movie. If you‘re a Tyler fan, I‘d love to hear what you‘d recommend next from her.

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UwannaPublishme Yay! So happy to see you‘re enjoying Anne‘s book. 🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻 So many to recommend, but I‘ll say: 3y
catebutler @DivineDiana I just realized that I‘ve read Vinegar Girl!! 🙈 I forgot she wrote the retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I enjoyed it! 3y
catebutler @Joyfulmimi Thank you for the recommendation! 3y
catebutler @mrp27 Thank you so much! I‘ve added this to my TBR. 🧡 3y
catebutler @UwannaPublishme I really enjoyed her story-telling. And thank you so much for the recommendation - can‘t wait to check it out. 💙 3y
Cpg I have started this book twice and I can‘t get with it. I guess I‘m moving on- I need a “page turner”! 3y
catebutler @Cpg I found the last half of the novel the best. The first two sections were a bit strange. But, honestly, if you‘ve tried and it still hasn‘t worked for you, then I say move on. ☺️ 3y
Cpg @catebutler Yeah, I used to hate to bail but now I just try to get past the guilt!!! 😬 3y
Alora Love the cover! 📖 3y
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Eggs
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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We're gonna rock around the clock tonight🎶

#swingthemood

#ayupaugust @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Great choice! Thanks for all of your contributions this month! 😘 3y
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This is really two books.

Part one follows Millie through three pivotal points in her life: her time as a young child in the 60s, meeting her husband in college in the 70s, and raising sons in the 90s. ⅓ of book.

The other ⅔ is 12 chapters where she fills in as “grandma” to her older son‘s ex-girlfriend‘s daughter after the ex-girlfriend gets shot, not by Millie‘s son.

The writing is enjoyable, but the two parts make no sense together. 3⭐️

Joyfulmimi Thanks for the info on this 3y
Megabooks @Joyfulmimi No problem! 3y
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Megabooks
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I can‘t believe it! I‘ve been avoiding historical fiction, but now I‘m reading this and Enchanted Islands. I‘m very hot-and-cold on this genre, so we‘ll see! 😁🤷🏻‍♀️

megnews Historical fiction is my fav! 3y
Crazeedi I ❤ historical fiction too! Interested in what you think of this book 3y
8little_paws Oh enchanted islands is so wonderful though! 3y
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Reviewsbylola I loved Enchanted Islands so much. I hope you do too! 3y
Megabooks @megnews 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Megabooks @Crazeedi I‘ve finished part 1, and I really like it so far! 3y
Megabooks @8little_paws @Reviewsbylola I‘m about to pick it up again after finishing 3y
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rmaclean4
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
Mehso-so

I love Anne Tyler. Reading her work is a bit like coming home. Although I found this read enjoyable it did not challenge or add anything for me. Not her best book, but I will continue to read all she writes.

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DivineDiana
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Pickpick

This is a photo of Ann Tyler. The Clock Dance is the 22nd book for the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. She lives in Baltimore, and it is that setting that draws me to her books. This story transports a married 61 year old woman from her very comfortable life in Arizona with her lawyer husband to a Baltimore neighborhood that The NY Times describes as a “cross between Mr. Rogers and John Waters”. There, Willa decides to do what makes her happy.

rmaclean4 Thanks for the summary...I have been meaning to get to this one and I just bumped it up on my ever growing TBR! 3y
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DivineDiana
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Morning #audiowalk with my latest Playaway!

8little_paws Can you change the speed on these? 3y
DivineDiana @8little_paws Yes! (edited) 3y
8little_paws @DivineDiana great, thank you! 3y
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imabusybee
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julesG 👏👏👏 I'm about to make lemon curd to 3y
LibrarianJen Are you making pie? I love peach pie! 3y
CocoReads That‘s a lot of peaches! Good job! 3y
imabusybee @LibrarianJen I never thought of pie I made 6 peach crisp 4 cobblers and 5 batches to freeze and this morning I'm making bar cookies 3y
LibrarianJen Oooh all those sound drool worthy too! 3y
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imabusybee
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wanderinglynn w00t! Way to go! 🙌🏻 3y
julesG 👏👏👏 What are you making? 3y
imabusybee @julesG clean 11 pounds of peachesand make a crisp with some freezing the rest. 3y
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Megokline
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sprainedbrain
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This is only my second Tyler novel, but both of them have been quietly affecting character studies that drew me in and kept me reading. Clock Dance doesn‘t have a ton of action, but I enjoyed following Willa through her life experiences. She‘s frustrating and meek and so very human, and I couldn‘t help rooting for her. Loved the people of the Baltimore neighborhood so much. ❤️

Excellent choice for #LMPBC, Ashley!

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MrsMalaprop I really enjoy Anne Tyler‘s novels. Your description of this one (that I haven‘t read) could apply to many of her others. She‘s a reliably good read for me. 😊👍 3y
sprainedbrain @MrsMalaprop I‘m definitely going to read more. I read Saint Anything a few years ago and loved it, too. 😃 3y
QuintusMarcus Try the Accidental Tourist: superb, Tyler at her best! 3y
sprainedbrain @QuintusMarcus I will do that. Thank you! 3y
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AmyStewart
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Anne Tyler has one story to tell, and she tells it over and over. It's a story about women who find themselves adrift, slightly out of step, disconnected from their families in ways that puzzle them but that they can't fix, until one day....

And that's this book. I loved it absolutely as much as I've loved every Anne Tyler novel. What else is there to say? Read it!

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cathysaid
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Pickpick

Light reading about how a woman‘s childhood experiences affect her relationships through the years. Entertaining but I can‘t say I ever engaged with the characters. Interesting plot. This is a #LMPBC book so I don‘t want to ruin it for @sprainedbrain 😬 Keep in mind, however, that it is highly rated by most Littens, so I‘m in the minority.

@EmilyM @EclecticBookLover

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I've had this on my TBR for quite a while, but wasn't in a rush to read it until it became the pick of my online book club. I'll be moderating discussion in June.

I've read two other Tyler works, at least one of which I rated highly. Clock Dance was fine. Yes, I said it—it was fine. It was average. It was fairly nondescript.

I came across this signed first edition at Half Price Books this weekend—seemed like a sign. I may return it.

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cathysaid
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Saturday reading of my #LMPBC book. Entertaining...perfect weekend reading. 🍸

#LMPBC #GroupT #BooksAndBrews

@sprainedbrain @EmilyM @EclecticBookLover

EclecticBookLover Love the martini! 4y
Aims42 Looks like an ideal Saturday night! Cheers, friend 🍸📚 4y
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cathysaid
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Hi @EmilyM . I received this earlier in the week but didn‘t have a chance to post until now. Looking forward to it!
#LMPBC #GroupT @sprainedbrain @EclecticBookLover

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EmilyM
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Finished this in a few sittings! Ready to pass it on! #lmpbc #groupt @sprainedbrain @cathysaid @EclecticBookLover

cathysaid Yay! Looking forward to it! 4y
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jlowery999
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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This was my second Anne Tyler book and it will be my last. I don't understand her nonsensical stories with tons of irrelevant information. I don't want to give away anything about this particular story but I was often frustrated and confused with Willa's decisions. And I'm still not sure I understand the point of the first third of the book.

JoyBlue Interesting. I'm just starting, and I'm confused about the beginning of the book, too (as it doesn't seem to fit with the summary I read). I'm moderating a discussion of this book in June for my online book club. 4y
jlowery999 Good luck with your online book club! I also read this for a book club and the other members of the club saw some connections between the different time periods that I really didn't see. It may be that when you get to the meat of the story you will see those connections also. Although for me it never really clicked. 4y
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EclecticBookLover
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@EmilyM this will be on it's way too you tomorrow! #lmpbc #groupt
@sprainedbrain @cathysaid

EmilyM Yay! I am going to send mine out next week when I am on Spring Break and can make it to the post office! 4y
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wen4blu
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Selected my current audiobook using the "ignore my tbr and see what's available on Libby" method.

Suet624 I do that all the time too. Darn it! 4y
Crazeedi How do I divorce myself from libby/overdrive and read all the books sitting here??? Heeeellllpppp!!! 4y
Chelsea.Poole I love this one ♥️🌵 4y
CouronneDhiver Overdrive is my frenemy for that exact same reason. Lol 4y
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EFracReads
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler

Rated 6/10. Liked not loved. Strongly prefer Spool of Blue Thread.

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Gnora
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Pickpick

First finish of 2019! Great book, though it's exactly what I'd expect from Anne Tyler which makes it a touch predictable. I still enjoyed it immensely.

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Thousand-Lives
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Pickpick

I adored this quiet story about self-discovery. It was my last book of 2018 and the perfect end to my reading year.

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kellock
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Pickpick

On yersel Willa!!! For once I was happy with an ending. Tyler has a knack for making you think not very much is happening but at the same time keeping you invested in the characters and the plot. She's definitely one of my favourite authors.

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kellock
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Studying means I can only read fiction in my holidays (my brain won't let me read fun stuff when I have soooooo much boring stuff to read) so I'm taking full advantage and reading books by my favourite authors.

Samplergal Loved it. Baltimore was again one of her characters. ❤️ 4y
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Ephemera
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Pickpick

Clock Dance is the story of a woman who finds her proper home among unlikely strangers. Anne Tyler writes wonderful characters and Willa is very appealing. As the story progresses we see her grow as a person and discover her own abilities. The ending is very satisfying and happy. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Tyler does a great job of painting a diverse group of characters and their interactions. The story, however, didn‘t hold together for me. Despite, or maybe because of, the well-developed character of the protagonist, I did not understand her motivations for what happened in the second part of the book. Other rich areas (relationship with her sister) were not explored at all. You will, however, fall in love with the characters in this book. 3⭐️

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LauraBeth
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I didn‘t come here for Clock Dance but I feel sad for it sitting on the shelf. I need to rescue it from the insufferable Mark Twain witticisms that are no doubt being whispered to her.

saresmoore 😂 4y
LeahBergen 😂😂 4y
minkyb I admit to be a very serious Anne Tyler devoteé. I hope you rescued it! 4y
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rmaclean4
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Pick up a couple of book at McKays used book store today...so lucky to have this in my town!

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Kelleyisreading
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Pickpick

This was a sweet story, I thought. It was slow paced which I can understand isn‘t everyone‘s interest. It was what I needed right now though, and the characters were diverse and lovely! I‘ve not read other books by this author but will soon.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 I've read a couple of Anne Tyler's books, but I haven't read this one yet. 4y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4y
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DreesReads
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I found this book to be a very fast read—I couldn‘t put it down! Tyler creates very believable and original characters. In this novel we follow Willa through the decades. In her 60s, remarried after being widowed fairly young, and moved to a golf community in Arizona for her husband, she is bored. A call comes asking her to come take care of her son‘s ex-gf and her daughter after mom‘s accident—and she goes. And learns a lot about herself.

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Abailliekaras
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Our latest episode of Books On The Go is up! We discuss Clock Dance. Not my favourite of Anne Tyler‘s books, but she‘s such a gifted writer, and gives us much to talk about. 🤓🎧

Jee_HookedOnBookz Yeah it was so - so for me too 4y
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dfieb
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I never read Anne Tyler before, but I am so happy that I discovered her. Her writing style is wonderful, and her characters are real characters! The end of the book has stayed with me; I‘m trying to figure it out. I look forward to diving into her other books.

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