Clock Dance by Anne Tyler July 27, 2018 – Posted in: Books, Review
Reviewed by Julie
A delightful read indeed! Anne Tyler’s 22nd novel is like putting on your favourite old, faithful jumper, or a pair of well-worn slippers. It’s like sitting down for a cup of tea with a lovely old friend and having a chat. Comfortable, easy, funny and sad, simple and questioning, “Clock Dance” is a very pleasant read. The main character, Willa, is very likeable and easy to relate to – the story is broken up into 4-time slots. In 1967, Willa is 11 years old, has a 6-year-old sister, a very meek and gentle father and a volatile mother who goes missing for a while. In 1977, Willa is 21 and accepting a marriage proposal from her then-boyfriend, even thou she doesn’t really want to. In 1997, aged 41, a tragic accident leaves Willa a widow and single mother of 2 sons and in 2017 Willa gets a very unusual phone call and from there,
her life begins to run the way she wants it to – for herself and not with others telling her what to do.