"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)
There's a lot of good parts to this story but overall what will have everyone in arms will be the conclusion of the book. Nothing is left tidy.
Anne tyler's characters are always so believable to me. Most families have them. Anne's are just on steroids. This story started a little slowly, but soon had me anxious to find out what happens next. The ending had me in suspense until the last minute.
Yes I can relate to many of Anne Tyler's books.
I think Anne Tyler puts down on paper what many of us experience in our family relationships.
I enjoyed the tone of her voice, the speed at which she read the story and the personalities she gave to the characters.
For Better or for Worse
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.
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?
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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