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  • Ladder of Years
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  • Ladder of Years
  • Ladder of Years
  • Ladder of Years

Ladder of Years

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/02/1996
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Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for August 2018 Mrs Grinstead was last seen around noon this past Monday, walking south along the stretch of sand between Bethany and Sea Colony One warm summer's day at the beach, forty-year-old Cordelia Grinstead, dressed only in a swimsuit and beach robe, walks away from her family and just keeps on going. For Delia’s life has slowly been shifting under her feet, her children grown and changed and her dependable, doctor husband suddenly obsessed with household renovation, leaving even the stable surroundings of her home unrecognisable. So she decides to begin again. After hitching a ride with a stranger to a new town where she knows no one, she reinvents herself as a single woman with no ties and begins living a new life altogether. But how long can she keep this up before her real life finds her? A modern fairy-tale - with subtle echoes of romance novels and the tragedy of King Lear – rich in the comedy of everyday matters, Ladder of Years is one of Anne Tyler’s most playful and understatedly brilliant novels. Balancing the mundane and the unexpected, Tyler pulls readers in with her expert skill for understanding the nuances of ordinary existence, capturing life’s endless capacity for change. For readers new to Tyler’s work, this is a perfect place to start. As the New York Times writes, ‘so rigorous and artful is the style without a style, so measured and delicate is each observation, so complex is the structure and so astute and open the language, that the reader can relax, feel secure in the narrative and experience the work as something real’.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099479413
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 355g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm

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Ladder of Years
Not what I expected
I bought this book after watching Anna Chancellor (Duckface from Four Weddings) on Anne Robinson's 'My Life in Books'. She had quoted it as being one of th... READ MORE
Ladder of Years
Woman on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown
Cordelia Grinstead is a wife and mother to three children. Her husband Sam, a doctor, recently suffered a heart attack, (though Delia, as she is commonly k... READ MORE
Ladder of Years
Really disappointing
I was excited to read this book, but I found it slow and it had a poor ending. None of the characters were likeable, least of all Delia. Very disappointing... READ MORE
Donna Kirkpatrick
Ladder of Years
The best first page I’ve read for a long time. Says so much in a few words!
It struck me that this book is a sort of literary joke. A woman who reads escapist novels to relieve the tedium of married life walks away from her family ... READ MORE
Charlotte Rose Norman
Ladder of Years
Ladder of Years
I have loved all of Anne Tylers books and this is no exception, she kept me guessing as to the outcome and I'm glad it wasn't a perfect ending - real life ... READ MORE
Susan Baker
Ladder of Years
The book had been recommended by the Waterstones sales staff, was their book of the month and had been placed in pole position in the store. It was also no... READ MORE
Stephen Jacques