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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Clock Dance

Anne Tyler

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2 reviews

Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 12 Jul 2018
ISBN: 9781784742430

A bittersweet novel of family and self-discovery from the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of A Spool of Blue ThreadWilla Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
5 stars out of 5
14 Jul 2018

"a marvellous frog-leap of a book"

If you want to understand the everyday life of Americans, read Anne Tyler. There is no one better at taking the ordinary person — the one we don’t even notice in the supermarket queue — and showing us what lies beneath that short-sleeved shirt with a pocket protector or that badly ironed beige housedress... That’s what Anne Tyler teaches you: never judge a cover until you know its book... Clock Dance is a marvellous frog-leap of a book... My only quibble is the ending, which felt rather peremptory. Sequel please!


  • The Sunday TimesBooks of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Peter Kemp
25 Nov 2018

"Warmly appealing and sharply observant"

Warmly appealing and sharply observant, Tyler’s 22nd novel brims with the qualities that have brought her legions of fans and high critical acclaim. Charting a woman’s belated achieving of independence, it combines comic relish with psychological and social shrewdness. Characters pulse with lifelikeness. Dialogue crackles with authenticity. Changes brought about by time are fascinatedly and fascinatingly observed.