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Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was 11 and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at 21, the accident that would make her a widow at 41. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. 

So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things. 

A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfilment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction and choose your own path.

©2018 Anne Tyler (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Liz Scully
  • 07-19-18

Beautiful - as you'd expect from such a fine write

I've loved Anne Tylers books for years and this doesn't disappoint.

it's slow evocative style gently draws out the quiet loneliness and desperation so many people live with and suffuses it gently with humanity and eventually meaning. All her books are essentially about connection and how people founder without it.

This is gorgeous book. It feels almost slight, but I am sure it will linger and come back to me as so many of her other have. In particular the characters are so well drawn they feel completely real. There's a strong feeling that long after you've finished the book they'll be quietly carrying on about their lives inside the virtual cover

If you're a fan of listening at faster speeds, this narration is beautiful slow and I easily listened at 2.5 speed. I deliberately slowed down in places to savour the words.

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  • PJ
  • 08-13-18

Clock Dance

It was well written good story line but no ending it seemed only halfway I expected more , disappointed

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  • Diana
  • 08-08-18

Perfect!

Very much up to Anne Tyler’s usual high standard. A charming story, beautifully written and related.

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  • Carole O'Sullivan
  • 08-04-18

heartaching and humorous.

thoroughly enjoyable and very skilfully performed. brought me to tears of sorrow as well as laughter.

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  • Lyn Bender
  • 07-14-18

Anne Tyler always succeeds in gently moving the reader

This gentle yet steering story invited us to understand minor people with small lives. Yet they matter. The sadness of family distance and the joy of love . The longing for family closeness. How men and women are divided by walls. The clockwork dance is subtly feminist liberating women from the traditional shackles of compliance and expected subservience. Yet honours the nurturant of their souls. Captures the internal struggle of an ageing woman in middles America.