Clock Dance (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Clock Dance (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Anne Tyler

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A delightful novel of one woman's transformative journey, from the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.

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, self-discovery, and second chances, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984899132
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 16,314
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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.


Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1941

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota


B.A., Duke University, 1961

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Clock Dance 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again making her characters so loveably, it’s hard to set down the Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book jumps from one period in the main character’s life to another. No hint of what happened in between. Almost like there isn’t much of a theme. Then at the end you are left just as confused as through out the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The characters were interesting and real. Although at first the story and characters seem overly simple they developed more depth as the book went along Didn’t want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off slow, half way through you really start to enjoy the characters and their connection to one another
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the way Tyler gave brief glimpses into the main characters' psyche with the snippets of story at different points in time. Gave 4 instead of 5 stars because I was left feeling unfulfilled from the story of the sister Elaine and why the two sons were so distant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of Anne Tyler's books and usually am thoroughly pleased. This one underwhelmed, I am sorry to report, as I was looking forward to reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with the lack of draw, wit, humor or reader engagement. I expected more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, but it felt like it just stopped. Kind of disappointed....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. I really did like her different characters. However, it ended in a way that I felt there was a chapter left out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this truly satisfying, funny entertaining book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just want to say Ahhhh, and smile. Ms Tyler is a treasure. The only thing wrong' is the book ends eventually....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This falls into the eh it was okay. I wish the storyline were longer. Would also like to have seen Willa developed more. It seemed like toward the end she was finally breaking out of the mold she set herself in. I wouod love to see if she broke thr mold or just settled right back in. And will she keep in touch with Cheryl and Denise?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all the twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was kind of disappointed with this book, it seemed to drag on and I was looking forward to a better ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time reading Anne Tyler. The book was okay but not great. There wasn’t much of a story plot. I think the point was she finally decided to make a life for herself. There have been many times that I would like to do this and not care what anyone else thought. I guess I just don’t have the courage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But as usual...melancholy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first 100 pages or so as the story moved from Willa as a child, later attending college, and then as a wife and mother. The story however lost me when the action moved to Baltimore with Willa flying there to take care of a little girl as her mother is in the hospital. I found most of the characters in the second half of the book annoying and because of that I couldn't really go with the whole story line from that point forward. I liked Willa as a character and enjoyed seeing how her life progressed through the years but those Baltimore characters ruined the story for me. I know I'm in the minority with my opinion as others seemed to really connect with this book which is great. Personally, I didn't care for it other than the first part of the book. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I alway adore Anne's characters. Their depth and humanity.
GreenGablesBookReviews 23 days ago
“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler “Clock Dance” draws you in and keeps you wanting more. After the last page, I sighed as it ended. Willa will stay with me. Her transformations through the book are memorable. 5 Stars, without a doubt!-Green Gables Book Reviews “Clock Dance” by Anne Taylor is a book about Willa Drake’s life. Willa is kind to everyone, to a fault, always putting others needs before her own. Readers follow Willa throughout her life, living at home with her parents and sister, trying to keep her unpredictable Mother from getting upset. Then, a short time later into her marriage during college, when she lost her own dreams while being a wife and Mom, then, sadly as a widow. Several years later, Willa is married again and wishing for the chance of being a Grandmother. When an unexpected phone call comes, Willa jumps at the chance to help a stranger. Peter, her husband comes with her, and as Willa starts to find some joy, Peter grumbles. Willa finds her own voice and stays on longer than Peter wants her to because she feels she is still needed. Feeling needed is what Willa needs. In “Clock Dance” Willa’s inner thoughts are shared throughout the book and it is so refreshing! We all think the thoughts we cannot say, but in this book, a reader can see how valuable those thoughts can be! Willa is wonderful. Definitely on my list of favorite characters!-Green Gables Book Reviews
KennyRayFL 5 months ago
AS GOOD AS IT GETS! Once again, Anne Tyler has proven she is a master novelist. This book was a 'bit different' in that it jumped several decades at a time. After the first 'jump', I realized I didn't need to know what happened to all the characters during that time. Ms. Tyler has the unique ability to let us KNOW her characters personality and how they have changed, whether we are reading about them year by year or skipping a decade. Once again, CLOCK DANCE is a book where I couldn't wait to turn the page to see what happens next. I had to wait a long time this time to find out if Wilma would become the strong, self reliant woman I hoped she would become. It was worth the wait. Can't wait for the next great read from Anne Tyler.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Anne Tyler never fails to entertain and enlighten. This story was no exception. Ms. Tyler holds the reader captive until the final two pages! Quirky charactors, people the reader feels she knows (or wishes she knew), fun story and great setting. Like all Ms. Tyler novels I will never forget this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Terrible writing worse read ever made no sense and characters underdeveloped
Anonymous 10 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping she would make that choice!!!!!