Clock Dance (audiobook)

A novel

9.2 hrs • 8 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 07/10/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 07/10/18 9780525633433
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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

New York Times bestseller

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A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

A bewitching new novel of family and self-discovery from the best-selling, award-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

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“In Tyler’s effortless, uncluttered prose, the novel beautifully explores an older woman’s search for meaning and agency in her life.Christian Science MonitorClock Dance, rife with the hurts and joys of living, is far more than merely very good . . . For readers Anne Tyler is a life force; for writers she is simply the best.Irish TimesA smart, touching exploration of altruism and the nature of a meaningful life.Daily Mail (UK)
Anne Tyler is one of America’s very best living novelists and one of the world’s most loved . . . Her stories about family life—beautifully written, forensically insightful, sometimes laugh out loud funny—are cherished by all ages . . . She sheds light on the secret bits of yourself, the parts no one knows about, and her skill is writing compassionately about our so-called ordinary lives with an apparent effortlessness that conceals great art.The Times Magazine (UK)Tenderly devastating . . . Affecting . . . A quiet but sharply feminist statement.Entertainment WeeklyAnne Tyler's Baltimore has become a sort of urban Yoknapatawpha.Charles McGrath, New York TimesIf Anne Tyler isn’t the best writer in the world, who is?Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4Stellar . . . A bittersweet, hope-filled look at two quirky families that have broken apart and are trying to find their way back to one another.Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed)Brilliant, charming, and book-club-ready . . . Tyler’s bedazzling yet fathoms-deep feel-good novel is wrought with nimble humor, intricate understanding of emotions and family, place and community—and bounteous pleasure in quirkiness, discovery, and renewal.Booklist (starred)“Tyler’s novels are as generous as they are perceptive . . . She has a keen eye and an alert ear, sympathy for her characters, an awareness of both life’s comedy and its tragedy. The Scotsman“Perfectly executed . . . Precise, unpretentious, and centred on credible characters to whom Tyler never condescends.The Spectator (UK)
“Beautifully observed . . . Anne Tyler is renowned for her wry humour, great ear for dialogue, and microscopic observations of human interactions. Clock Dance is no exception.
Tyler’s characteristic warmth and affection for her characters are engaging as ever.Kirkus ReviewsWritten with brilliantly deceptive ease . . . So absorbing . . . Tyler’s Baltimore is universal, like Trollope’s Barchester, or Flaubert’s Normandy . . . Even though she performs narrative cartwheels that would lead other novelists to be praised as experimental, she does it with such ease that it seems closer to life than to art.The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Clock Dance brims with the qualities that have brought Tyler legions of fans and high critical acclaim. Characters pulse with lifelikeness. The tone flickers between humorous relish and sardonic shrewdness. Dialogue crackles with authenticity . . . Warmly appealing.The Sunday Times (UK)
Tyler does not disappoint. Her characters are distinctly drawn and their stories layered . . . The result is a compelling look at the need for relevance, being offered a second chance, and deciding whether to take it. Highly recommended.Library Journal, (starred)A joy to read . . . These characters come to life off the page.Baltimore Magazine
If you want to understand the everyday life of Americans, read Anne Tyler . . . There is no one better at taking the ordinary person—the one we don’t even notice in the supermarket queue—and showing us what lies beneath . . . Clock Dance is a marvelous frog-leap of a book . . . Sequel please!The Times (UK)Anne Tyler is the most dependably rewarding novelist now at work in our country.Wall Street Journal“A psychologically astute study of an intelligent, curious woman . . . A triumph.Boston GlobeTyler’s stirring story celebrates the joys of self-discovery and the essential truth that family is ours to define.People
Tyler writes with enormous warmth about all her characters.Baltimore Sun

“Narrator Kimberly Farr delivers a subtle, often wry portrayal of Willa Drake…Farr delivers Willa’s interior monologues with a wonderful combination of angst and humor; Peter, son Sean, and each of the Baltimore neighbors have distinct personalities, and Farr is a credible, precocious nine-year-old. Beautifully written and performed.”


Anne Tyler is one of this country’s great artists . . . She has lost none of the inspired grace of her prose, nor her sad, frank humor, nor her limitless sympathy for women who ask for little and get less . . . Beautiful, understated, humane.USA TodayFeels as comforting as coming home.Minneapolis Star-TribuneClock Dance pulls you right in and keeps on ticking . . . Tyler’s novels reassure us that the possibilities for meaningful connection—which so often seem lost in our hectic world—are still out there.NewsdayShe is one of our greatest living fiction writers and if I were in charge, she’d have a Nobel by now.The Observer (UK)
Clock Dance is Anne Tyler at her best . . . An entertaining, heartwarming story about second chances and the real meaning of family . . . Full of the sorts of eccentric yet totally believable characters that Anne Tyler is a genius at creating . . . Captivating . . . A delight.Greensboro News & Record (NC)Delightfully zany . . . Charming . . . Tender.Washington PostFull of wisdom about relationships, delivered in gorgeous language and with considerable charm.San Francisco ChronicleA gorgeous gem of a novel about family and second chances.Bustle
What’s so amazing about Tyler’s novels is the way she makes ordinary people and ordinary things so fascinating . . . In Tyler’s hands, life’s mundane activities feel vital . . . Revelatory . . . Unwrapping the story is a delight.Chicago Tribune

“Pulitzer Prize winner Tyler does not disappoint. Her characters are distinctly drawn and their stories layered like a Venn diagram over the central character. The result is a compelling look at the need for relevance, being offered a second chance, and deciding whether to take it. Verdict: Highly recommended.”

Library Journal (starred review)

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