Clock Dance (Hardcover)

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Willa Drake, uneasily drifting on the placid stream of advancing age with her second husband, impulsively leaves her comfortable home in Arizona for the mean streets of Baltimore. While caring for the child of her son's former girlfriend, who has been left alone after her mother was hospitalized for a gunshot wound, Willa rediscovers the purpose that had evaporated out of her own life. The author's gift for making gentle, beautifully understated observations about the tenacity and the frailties of human connections is evident throughout. I always feel a little wiser when I finish one of Anne Tyler's books. — Alden Graves

Before reading Anne Tyler's newest novel Clock Dance, I had read 18 of her previous works. I've come to realize that like a favorite ritual, her novels have become a great comfort to me - always her distinct voice, and always her magnificent sharing of characters that are so honestly and endearingly human. Clock Dance is classic Tyler. Readers and fans can assuredly welcome the life story of Willa Drake with open arms into their reading lives.

— Nancy Scheemaker

July 2018 Indie Next List

“Anne Tyler’s extraordinary ability to tell a story in the simplest language has helped her become one of our most beloved authors. In Clock Dance, she brings us Willa Drake, who has been seeking something all her life, it seems. It’s not until she’s reached middle age that she finally opens a new door in her heart and welcomes in the most unusual group of people: an entire neighborhood, ready to bring her a new perspective and an understanding of life that will change her forever. Tyler’s newest is one for book groups, one for book lovers, and one for you, too.”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA


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.

About the Author

ANNE TYLER is the author of more than twenty novels. Her eleventh novel, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780525521228
ISBN-10: 0525521224
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English
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