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Clock Dance - Anne Tyler

Clock Dance - Anne Tyler

Title: Clock Dance

Author:  Anne Tyler

ISBN:  9781784742430

Weight:  765 g

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one.  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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Clock Dance, rife with the hurts and joys of living, is far more than merely very good…  For readers Anne Tyler is a life force; for writers she is simply the best.

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

How does she do it?  Her style is deceptively simple.  Even though she performs narrative cartwheels that would lead other novelists to be praised as experimental… she does it with such ease that it seems closer to life than to art.  It is almost as though we are there to witness time passing, and people changing.

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Brims with the qualities that have brought her legions of fans and high critical acclaim.  Characters pulse with lifelikeness.  The tone flickers between humorous relish and sardonic shrewdness.  Dialogue crackles with authenticity.  Beneath it all is an insistence that it’s never too soon to recognise how quickly life can speed by and never too late to make vitalising changes.

Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Clock Dance
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime serialised Clock Dance as ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri from 23 Jul 2018.
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Chatto & Windus
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781784742430
ISBN 10 1784742430
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 292
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 163 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Michael Lionstar
Jacket photograph Alfred Eisenstaedt / Pix Inc / Time Life Pictures / Getty Images

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