Ladder of Years

Ladder of Years

Book - 1995
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Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679439417
0679439412
Branch Call Number: TYLE
Characteristics: 326 p. 24 cm.

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NicciCarrera
Oct 16, 2018

This gorgeous book is my first Anne Tyler, it's about a woman who walks away from her husband and adolescent children and starts a new life in a small town. I found it riveting, it's like a delayed coming of age story because she married way too young to a much older man then left and "came of age" in her own way. Her husband was patronizing, and of course her kids at that age were (seemingly) indifferent to her very existence.

I love the way Anne Tyler writes, very detailed descriptions bubbling with metaphor that bring a small town, a city, two families, and even two cats vividly to life. I would say my only disappointment and sadness was in the ending where I wish her second life had been wrapped up more happily. I think perhaps the book is a about how in life we bumble along, sometimes marrying and having children without really knowing why, also ultimately about the beauty of the roles of wife and mother.

CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 01, 2017

Delia walks out on her old life without looking back. She feels undervalued and taken advantage of by her family, and wants a new start with no responsibilities. But, somehow, responsibilities have followed her to her new life.

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 03, 2016

Definitely not my favorite Tyler. I liked Delia, a lot. It was never clear, to her or me, why she walked away from her family. Her new life clearly suited her, one she built from scratch. She became beloved to many for who she was, not what she could do for people who didn't know the color of her eyes. Some of the reviews on the paperback version I read called the book a fantasy. But which version of Delia's life was the fantasy? The one she began with, or the one she built on her own? The ending disappointed me.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

A 40 year old wife and mother on a beach holiday literally walks away from the only life she has ever known and is spellbound by the simple sense of freedom she finds - a plain cheap room, one dress and a minimum wage job. Beautifully written, engagingly unique and utterly convincing.

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uncommonreader
Mar 12, 2013

A 40 year old woman walks away from her family, feeling unvalued and expendable. She rewinds her life, restarting in a new town, only to recreate her old life. Although told with humour, the story is not very believable and is left somewhat unresolved.

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LDPBLM
Sep 08, 2012

I'm sorry , but I don't agree with the critics on this one . It's good - just not a masterpiece . Other works of hers have far more interesting characters .

loonylovesgood Jan 29, 2012

Depressing and hard to relate to the main character. It was good, not one I would add to my shelves, though.

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