Culture Street

Books

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

On August 23, 2018

I adore Anne Tyler’s books. She has the ability to craft numerous characters with such sharp observation.

Clock Dancebegins with formative moments in the life of Willa Drake, a gentle, amenable soul. The first is when her mother leaves and she feels responsible for caring for her younger sister. Ten years later she is in college and after a comment from her parents she decides to marry the man she was not sure she should marry. Twenty years on she becomes a widow, and single mother to two sons. Another ten years on and Willa’s sons have left home and she has remarried the humourless Peter.

Tyler captures Willa’s loneliness as she grapples with the loss of her sons. After years of being needed, her sons have left home and no one needs her anymore.

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. It turns out the young woman was an ex-girlfriend of her sons and she had kept Willa’s number in her address book. A neighbour assumes Willa is the grandmother of the nine-year-old girl.

Although she has never met them before Willa feels buoyed by their need. She quickly becomes part of the community and makes herself quite indispensable.

A charming book that reminds us it’s never too late to choose your own path and make changes.

You can buy the book here in Australia and here in the UK.

You Might Also Like

Books

A new way to discover books for screen

'TaleFlick' is a new joint venture which offers a library of searchable books for adaptation across film, TV and digital media.

On August 31, 2018

Books

Roger Moore delivered final manuscript before his death

Bond star Roger Moore sent in the manuscript for his last book, two weeks before his death. Roger Moore died yesterday (May 23) aged 89 after a short battle with...

On May 25, 2017

Books

Pat McDermott on Family Matters at Christmas

Pat McDermott is a long-running journalist and one of Australia's most adored contributors for The Australian Women's Weekly. Her weekly column, Family Matters has been running for 30 years. Her...

On December 17, 2014
 

Quotes

Quote of the Day from Anne Tyler

On September 22, 2015

Books

Watch Annie White illustrate Is It the Way You Giggle?

This lovely picture book celebrates diversity. There is something in everyone that makes them special. Through Nicola Connelly's words and Annie White's illustrations we see all the fabulous quirks and...

On June 7, 2018

Books

A sneak peek at Charity Norman's The Son-in-Law

Calling all aspiring authors! Charity Norman will be joining us live this Friday August 9 at 1pm to chat about her latest book The Son-in-Law. You can start posting your...

On August 6, 2013
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2018 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au