02 January 2010

The Ladder of Years; Anne Tyler

Ladder of Years: A Novel Ladder of Years: A Novel by Anne Tyler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An American Aga-saga: a woman, for reasons she doesn't quite understand, walks away from her family (husband, three children, sisters and nieces) and starts a new life in a random town. Delia's life in Bay Borough seems to agree with her more than her life in Baltimore - she's got friends, is independent and manages to survive on her own for well over a year. Then her daughter decides to get marries and she returns home; while it's left a little unclear, it seems that she'll stay home. Why? Because her husband asks her to. Which, apparently, was all she needed.

I've felt like Delia at times: unappreciated, gray and just in need of a complete change. Unlike her, I've never had the courage to actually escape.

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