Clock Dance: A novel

By Anne Tyler
Read by Kimberly Farr


Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780525633433

  • ISBN: 9780525633433

Runtime: 9.20 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A USA Today Pick of 10 Hot Books for Summer Reading

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

A July 2018 LibraryReads Pick

NATIONAL BEST SELLER • TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR USA TODAY • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: O Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Times (London)

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In Tyler’s effortless, uncluttered prose, the novel beautifully explores an older woman’s search for meaning and agency in her life. Christian Science Monitor
Clock 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 Times
A 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 Weekly
Anne Tyler's Baltimore has become a sort of urban Yoknapatawpha. Charles McGrath, New York Times
If Anne Tyler isn’t the best writer in the world, who is? Jane Garvey, Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4
Stellar . . . 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 Reviews
Written 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 Globe
Tyler’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.” AudioFile
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 Today
Feels as comforting as coming home. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Clock 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. Newsday
She 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 Post
Full of wisdom about relationships, delivered in gorgeous language and with considerable charm. San Francisco Chronicle
A 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)




Author Bio: Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler is an American novelist, short-story writer, and literary critic and considered a major figure in American literature. Her novels have earned a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, Amabassador Book Award, London Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, among other awards, and several have been New York Times bestsellers. Her novel The Accidental Tourist was made into an Academy Award-winning motion picture in 1988. She was was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where many of her books are set. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English