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!
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.