Ladder of Years
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 thr...more
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I imagine, based on clues in the text, that she'll visit Bay B. sometimes. And folks back there may visit her... after all, Nat did in his hour of need. She'll not just run away like she did the year before.
I think I was able to read carefully because I empathized. I am actually, embarrassingly, on my third marriage. I'm a slow learner - so I wanted to pay attention to this story and learn how Delia made her choice.(less) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
The Ladder of the Years is set in the 80’s. Delia, a middle aged housewife, is the youngest and prettiest of three sisters. She lost her mother very young and her father has just died. Her emotionally distant husband, Sam, 15 years her senior, took over her father’s medical practice.
Sam has recently started having chest pains. Their chi ...more
I guess I'm just not that into her. It's me... I think!!
Delia goes for a walk while on holiday with her family and walks right out of their life. Where she ends up, she begins to create another life, another version of herself, someone she has perhaps long wished to discover, the free woman, whom she never was before.
Along the way people she meets share their thoughts, circumstances, invitations a ...more
As a writer, I don't have a problem with almost any theme, because for me, it's how the story is told. Not everyone is going to like every book, no matter how well written, no matter how much mass appeal. Such is virtually impossible.
In this book, the main character, Delia Grinstead, decides to walk away from her life as she knows it. Delia is on the beach with her family an ...more
I got it as a book club selection and fell in love instantly. There is something romantic about just quietly walking off one day, leaving it all behind to start anew. How would you get along without your comfortable life and surroundings? Could you do it on your own?
Would you go back?
Wow, I seem to like kidnappings and runaway stories. Hmmm do I have abandonment issues?
I read this book at least once a year. I ...more
I am a big fan of Anne Tyler's writing. Her characters are endearingly flawed and this protagonist is no exception. I don't have much good or bad to say about this book. I wish it had ended differently, but this is why I am saying that I might feel differently in 10 years. The resolution was expected. The character did the right thing, but just because a person's absence causes necessary changes, doesn't mean i ...more
The characters are well-developed over time, and described in an amusing tone of voice. "Her hair curled at the bottom like the S-hole in a violin" (paraphrase) comes to mind first.
I particularly appreciated how the protagonist comes to terms ...more
This is an intriguing page-turner, centered around themes of abandonment and identity. The protagonist, Delia, is a stranger to both her family and herself, which results in a painful quest to find what is missing.
This novel runs the gamut of being quirky and humorous to being downright depressing and dark. What Delia does, and how her family responds, is just. . . sad.
Delia is, at t ...more
Ik vind het uitgangspunt nog steeds sterk en spannend: een vrouw verlaat van het ene op het andere moment haar gezin, gaat na wat er is gebeurd, om tenslotte - dat is na meer dan een jaar - terug te komen.
De uitwerking valt mij bij nader inzien tegen. Anne Tyler houdt strak vast aan het "s ...more
Although a little far-fetched at times, I couldn't help but r ...more
The truth is, Tyler better captures more than almost any other author the inner lives of regular folks. I was surprised to find myself and constantly eager to find out what would happen to the protagonist, Delia, after she walks out on her family.
Delia's motivations are in no way cardboard, as they might be in the hands of a lesser novelist. They a ...more
I do know that the writing here i ...more