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Ladder of Years

A Novel

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler's The Beginner's Goodbye.


A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

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 five hundred dollars 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 . . . .

"TYLER DETAILS DELIA'S ADVENTURE WITH GREAT SKILL . . . As so often in her earlier fiction--Celestial Navigation, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and her nine other novels--[she] creates distinct characters caught in poignantly funny situations. . . .Tyler writes with a clarity that makes the commonplace seem fresh and the pathetic touching."
--The New York Times

"UTTERLY COMPELLING. . .WONDERFULLY SATISFYING. . .Ladder of Years is virtually flawless."
--Chicago Tribune

"A 'PAGE-TURNER' IN THE BEST SENSE . . . One wants to lightly caress the pages of the story because one cares for Ms. Tyler's touchingly flawed characters. . . . Both madcap and genteel, Anne Tyler knows as well as anyone that 'human beings lead many lives.' Casually, delightfully, Ladder of Years will tell you just how we humans manage this trick."
--The Baltimore Sun

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 03, 1997 – This novel of a housewife's escape spent 17 weeks on PW's bestseller list.

Customer Reviews

Ladder of Years

A moving and profound story that will appeal to anyone who's ever toyed with the notion of self-reinvention for whatever reason. Delia reluctantly begins her life anew with nothing more than a dress,a lamp, and a book. The simplicity is nothing short of amazing. This, like all Ms. Tyler's books is quietly powerful.

Ladder of Years is slow!

This book was very slow. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it never appeared. The ending was also very disappointing! Just left you hanging. Would not recommend this.

Ladder of Years
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Apr 11, 1995
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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