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Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
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Feb 20, 11

Read on February 20, 2011

Quick read. Very enjoyable. Delia, the main character from Baltimore, is a woman in a mid-life crisis that many women could relate to even if they are not going through one, or have never gone through one themselves. I was able to relate to her thoughts as a boarder in someone's home and when she dined alone in a restaurant. I think she is the one character in the book who doesn't grow and change, that the people she leaves behind are the ones who do the changing. Her leaving makes all those she leaves behind re-evaluate their lives and their relationship with her. She didn't change as much as she realized her own worth. This story could have taken place anywhere. The setting is not important to the story. Not much in the way of local color, which is what I was looking for.

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