Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Staff Pick

Like all Anne Tyler’s delicious novels, Clock Dance (Knopf, $26.95) is full of flawed and lovable characters who find new ways of being needed and who, in a blended family, make surprising and meaningful choices. The story focuses on Willa; raised by a mercurial and impetuous mother, Willa grows up determined to be exactly the opposite: she wants to be taken for granted and disappear—to the point where, held at gunpoint on a plane, she’s reluctant to make a scene and so does nothing. But life has a way of revisiting early missteps, and after living in Arizona Willa returns to her native Baltimore to care for the child of her son’s ex-girlfriend. This at first makes little sense—until you realize that Willa is retracing personal childhood traumas, and her actions are motivated by the need to rescue the little girl she once was. Then there’s that cactus on the book’s cover: “Just water it from time to time but not too much.  It can stand a lot remember; it doesn’t need to be pampered.” No, a cactus doesn’t need pampering, but pampering others is what gives Tyler’s characters their purpose and their heart.  We all need meaning in our lives—and meaning for Tyler comes from connection with others, however flawed or marginal they may be.

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ISBN: 9781984833648
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Random House Large Print - July 10th, 2018