Ladder of Years

Ladder of Years

Book - 1995
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"BALTIMORE WOMAN DISAPPEARS DURING FAMILY VACATION." The headlines are all the same: Beloved mother and wife Delia Grinstead was last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing only a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To the best of her family's knowledge, she has disappeared without a trace.
But Delia didn't disappear. She ran.
Exhausted with her routine and everyone else's plans for her, Delia needed an out, a chance to make a new life for herself and to become a different person. The new Delia can let go of all the hurt and resentment that left her stuck in her past. As she eagerly sheds the pieces of herself she no longer needs, Delia discovers feelings of passion and wonder she'd long since forgotten. The thrill of walking away from it all leads to a newfound sense of self and the feeling that she is, finally, the star of her own life story.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780449910573
Branch Call Number: FIC TYLER, ANNE
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 25 cm.


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CRRL_MegRaymond Aug 01, 2017

Delia walks out on her old life without looking back. She feels undervalued and taken advantage of by her family, and wants a new start with no responsibilities. But, somehow, responsibilities have followed her to her new life.

Aug 03, 2016

Definitely not my favorite Tyler. I liked Delia, a lot. It was never clear, to her or me, why she walked away from her family. Her new life clearly suited her, one she built from scratch. She became beloved to many for who she was, not what she could do for people who didn't know the color of her eyes. Some of the reviews on the paperback version I read called the book a fantasy. But which version of Delia's life was the fantasy? The one she began with, or the one she built on her own? The ending disappointed me.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

A 40 year old wife and mother on a beach holiday literally walks away from the only life she has ever known and is spellbound by the simple sense of freedom she finds - a plain cheap room, one dress and a minimum wage job. Beautifully written, engagingly unique and utterly convincing.

Mar 12, 2013

A 40 year old woman walks away from her family, feeling unvalued and expendable. She rewinds her life, restarting in a new town, only to recreate her old life. Although told with humour, the story is not very believable and is left somewhat unresolved.

Sep 08, 2012

I'm sorry , but I don't agree with the critics on this one . It's good - just not a masterpiece . Other works of hers have far more interesting characters .

loonylovesgood Jan 29, 2012

Depressing and hard to relate to the main character. It was good, not one I would add to my shelves, though.


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