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Publisher's Summary

A delightful novel of one woman's transformative journey, from the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. 

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory - surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. 

A bewitching novel of hope, self-discovery, and second chances, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

©2018 Anne Tyler (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Tyler’s characteristic warmth and affection for her characters are engaging as ever... [They are] all vibrantly portrayed with her usual low-key gusto and bracingly dark humor... Power dynamics are never simple in Tyler’s portraits of marriage.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Clock Dance pulls you right in and keeps on ticking . . . Filled with Tyler’s wry perspective on appealingly quirky, so-called ordinary people . . . Once again, she throws light on the human condition . . . Her novels reassure us that the possibilities for meaningful connection—which so often seem lost in our hectic world—are still out there.” (Newsday)

“A delightfully zany premise . . . Most charming of all is Cheryl, the hilariously precocious 9-year-old who wears majorette boots . . . A tender novel.” (Washington Post)

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frustrated

Could not get past the third chapter. The narrator's voice and expression was so irritating that I could not finish the book. Very disappointed.

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Narrator was hard to stomach

The children are voiced by an adult. Just plain painful to listen to. The story life suffers in this part also. So far not impressed!

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Phenomenal Story Telling

Great story, so characteristic of Anne Tyler, my favorite author. I have read every single one of her books and they are all great. This one had very interesting characters and I loved all the subtle lessons it taught-how our lives are really made up of many different lives; how we can take on so many roles and jobs in our lives, yet the person we are at the core generally remains the same; how life is fleeting. This is what I took from the book anyway. Brilliant!

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ANOTHER GOOD BOOK FROM ANNE TYLER

I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF ANNE TYLER FOR YEARS. I JUST LOVE HOW SHE IS ABLE TO HAVE SUCH INSIGHT INTO COMMON EVERYDAY PEOPLE. HER STORIES ARE ABOUT REAL PEOPLE YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WITH. SHE ONLY COMES OUT WITH A NOVEL EVERY TWO OR THREE YEARS. THE NARRATION WAS EXCELLENT AND I COULD EASLY PICTURE THE MAIN CHARACTER WILLA AND ALL THE OTHERS. THE VOICES FIT HOW TYLER DESCRIBED THEM AND THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES. A NUMBER OF TIMES SOMETHING TYLER WROTE OR THE REACTION OF ONE OF THE CHARACTERS BROUGHT A CHUCKEL OR A SMILE FOR ME.CLOCK DANCE IS WELL WORTH YOUR TIME.

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  • Gretchen
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Clock Dance

Once again, Anne Tyler's writing and character development does not disappoint! This is the story about a mom whose grown children no longer need her. She does not want to witter away her retirement years in leisure activities, but she longs to feel she still has a place of purpose in this world. This is a story about her struggle to honor the people she loves, but to honor herself as well. This book is about her quest to live a life that still matters. I loved it.

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Disappointing waste of time

Kept waiting for something interesting to happen. Never did. Just kind of silly. Not realistic.

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Bland

So boring. Willa is a woman who has no back bone and is just the type to not want to ruffle any feathers. Both men she marries are bitter men who expect her to be molded to their liking. Once she starts stepping out of that zone by going to Baltimore to take care of her son's ex-girlfriend's daughter (awkward right?), her husband gets more and more agitated that she is not listening to him anymore. I found her personality very annoying and the only character I enjoyed was Cheryl, the daughter, who seemed to be more mature than all the adults in the book. You could even skip a chapter while reading the book and you won't have missed anything. Not worth using a credit for this book.

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Love

Not surprisingly, this Anne Tyler novel is as splendid as all of her other books. Wonderful. Kimberly Farr is equally excellent.

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Not one if Anne Tyler’s best

I have always loved Anne Tyler’s books and have read about everything she’s written. This book seemed to lack the depth of her others.

There were no characters you could care about except perhaps the 9 year old girl caught in the middle of a world of adrift adults. There were a lot of unnecessary details that just seemed like padding. I don’t need to know over and over that she brushed her teeth.

The narrator sounded like she should be reading to children.

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Dysfunctional families and real characters.

Too often in today’s Facebook world where everyone posts pictures of Norman Rockwell perfectly smiling children and smiling adults, it’s a breath of fresh air to discover Anne Tyler’s quirky characters with dysfunctional families and characters who don’t fit into a cookie cutter mold of happiness. I can relate to Willa who grows up with a kind father but a seemingly bipolar mother and little sister who grows up devoid of feelings.As Willa grows, she tries to please everyone-2 overbearing, insensitive husbands, two self absorbed sons. Until she meets an endearing cast of characters through a misunderstanding leading her to Baltimore and finally her sel awareness. Thank you Anne Tyler for always keeping it real!

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