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Ladder of Years Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her 17th novel. Her 11th, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, she lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Maybe it's just not my kind of story, I hope better for others.
Delia Grinstead had never left home, marrying a doctor who her father had brought into a home-based practice at age seventeen. Now at age forty her life suffered from terminal blandness. Her teen-aged children ignored her, even treating her with disdain, and her husband, an unaffectionate sort, took her for granted. A chance encounter with a younger man in a supermarket sparked a self-assessment that led to Delia simply walking away from her family on an annual outing to the beach with nothing more than a bathing suit, a robe, and a few hundred dollars.
Hitching a ride to a remote town in her home state, Delia begins to slowly eke out a new existence. The quiet resolve and good nature of Delia is a constant. Her whereabouts are discovered soon after her disappearance, which forces her to reflect on her former existence as she is contacted in one manner or another by several of her family members. Interestingly, Delia becomes more than a little attached to a new family as a housekeeper/nanny to an educator and his twelve-year-old son.
A return home for her daughter's wedding unexpectedly presents Delia with decisions concerning her new and previous lives. Readers looking for a dramatic transformation in either Delia or her social situation could be disappointed. However, it is evident that Delia has learned from her journey and decides to move on accordingly.
Anne Tyler is still brilliant when writing about the mundane things of every day life.