Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others.
So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the-moment decision to look after this woman – and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog – will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things.
A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfillment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction, and choose your own path.
[Courtesy of the published summary]
Novel Thoughts: In a world where bigger is better & reality television rewards the outrageous, this novel comes as a much-needed breath of fresh air. My thoughts below:
Recommendation: This was my first Anne Tyler book; it will certainly not be my last. This is a marvelous selection as the next B&N Book Club novel, because it is written in a way that does not exclude any reader, no matter your age, sexuality, or tax bracket. No matter what type of reader you are--one that likes to things at face value, someone that hunts for symbolism & deeper meaning, or somewhere in between-- you will feel completely satisfied after finishing this book.
I am looking forward to discussing Clock Dance at the next book club event on Wednesday August 8th!
**HUGE thanks to Madison Brock at Alfred Knopf for sending me an early review copy of this book!**