"Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with $500 tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.
©1995 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Perhaps no one writing fiction today can so clearly evoke middle-age angst as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tyler.... Poignant, warm, and quirky." (Library Journal)
"A fine story of mid-life changes and newfound realizations." (Midwest Book Review)
An unlikely storyline and characters whose actions don't ring true. I had to grit my teeth a few times to keep going with the story.
This is made worse by an irritating narrator who mispronounces so many words it becomes farcical. Why didn't anyone correct her?
I am a journalist who worked most of her career at The Associated Press in Chicago. I now live & work in Arkansas.
the narrator. she made every old person sound senile.
Not Anne Tyler, though I normally like her books. Just need a break.
Her voices except for the main character were awful. She strained to portray the friend whose husband died with a voice that sounded so fake. Her imitation of elderly voices sounded like something from a high school play.
NO. Also way too long.
This is the only Anne Tyler book that I've hated to date. I normally love her books, whether I read or listen to them.
no. I like a book to add something to my life. Whether it's entertainment or something more. this did neither.
no. she sounds like a teenage valley girl.
no. not seductive or intriguing enough.
This book is a pathetic story that leads to no comment except why.
There is no redeeming value to the books intent except to illustrate the mundane life of a woman.
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