Ladder Of Years

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Random House, Feb 23, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
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One warm summer’s day at the beach, forty-year-old Cordelia Grinstead, dressed only in a swimsuit and beach robe, walks away from her family and just keeps on going.

After hitching a ride with a stranger to a new town where she knows no one, she reinvents herself as a single woman with no ties and begins living a new life altogether. But how long can she keep this up before her real life finds her?

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User Review  - fromthecomfychair - LibraryThing

I couldn't remember the title or author of this work until I read the description, but the story has always stuck with me, because it was such an interesting fantasy--the idea that a woman could walk ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

This is a book about a 40 year old woman. I will turn 40 by and by, and am therefore doing my literary research. But shit, I don't get this woman at all. While the reasons for her leaving are spelt ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and many other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America and The Beginner's Goodbye.

In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English' and in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, which recognises a lifetime's achievement in books. In 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for both the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize. Her latest novel, Vinegar Girl, is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

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