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Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
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I read this book again because I find the premise of great interest. The main character in this story, while on vacation, hitches a ride to another town and begins a new life there. In giving her description to the police, neither her husband nor her teenage children can give accurate information as to her height, weight, eye color, or what she was wearing when they last saw her. Her actions impact the people that she interacts with in the new town and the family she left behind.
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message 1: by Kimberlee (new)

Kimberlee So is the book sad or disturbing? Or does it work out? Sounds very interesting but I can't handle disturbing books!!!!


Tammy No, it's not disturbing. And it's not my fantasy. I just have always wondered how people pick up, move somewhere else, and just start from scratch. There are really a lot of questions that the book doesn't answer. The reader is left to draw their own conclusions. Anne Tyler has written a lot of books and they all generally have the same tone, which is stories that focus on family life and interactions between family members. Her themes are very mild and never controversial.


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