Clock Dance (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

Clock Dance (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition)

by Anne Tyler


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Clock Dance (The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition) by Anne Tyler

The Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition features a reading group guide and an essay from Anne Tyler on the origins of her novel Clock Dance.

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: 9780525655527
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,223
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(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. 37 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Once again making her characters so loveably, it’s hard to set down the Nook.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Starts off slow, half way through you really start to enjoy the characters and their connection to one another
Anonymous 5 months ago
I enjoyed the book, but it felt like it just stopped. Kind of disappointed....
Anonymous 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago
Looking for a better piece from this author
Anonymous 4 months 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 5 months ago
I was disappointed with the lack of draw, wit, humor or reader engagement. I expected more from this author.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I was kind of disappointed with this book, it seemed to drag on and I was looking forward to a better ending.
Anonymous 5 months 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 5 months ago
But as usual...melancholy!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Katie__B 6 months 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 5 hours ago
Anne Tyler at her best. For readers who found the story dull or unfinished , sorry to say that you just didn't get it! I did get it and I loved it !
Anonymous 4 days 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 15 days ago
Read like a diary typical people typical stuff happens in their lives. No depth no plot no development of story line. Disappointed.
Susan Holland 27 days ago
As much as I wanted to like this book, I just couldn't find it that interesting.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Highly recommend this truly satisfying, funny entertaining book!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I never understood the purpose of this book . So slow
Anonymous 3 months ago
I just want to say Ahhhh, and smile. Ms Tyler is a treasure. The only thing wrong' is the book ends eventually....
Anonymous 4 months ago
As I view life at each stage of life, I do my Clock Dance. Being exposed to different circumstances, places, people I realize I change just like the seasons. Life is a journey & it depends how richly you partake of its treasures, lessons, memories & changes. Forever engaged in Time’s movement.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was for book club at B&N and it went well....small group which was nice!
smg5775 4 months ago
Chronicling Willa's life during decisive years for her. Willa's reactions to life events depend on how she sees others responding. She then works to make sure they calm down. It is not until the end she learns to stand up for herself (in small ways) that she becomes her own person. I liked Willa. I felt bad for her because most of the people around her were jerks and she enabled them to continue acting that way. She idolized her father because of the calmness he exhibited when her mother went off the rails. She wanted to be like him in that way. So many others in her life went off the rails like her mother and, like her father, she was the calm but the others walked over her because they knew that Willa would accept them and their behavior and not lash out. When she gets a call from Baltimore, she goes even though she has no connection to the people involved except her son used to live with the woman. It is here where she finds a purpose and herself. No, she does not go off the rails like her mother but she does finally stop accepting and glossing over the bad behavior. Willa will never be the scream out loud type but she does make her feelings known if you look for the signs.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great book
Anonymous 4 months ago
I really liked the character development, and the story was pleasant enough. However, the ending was non-committal, and you are not left with a sense of closure. The author could have continued for another 20 or more pages to finish the story, or perhaps even offer an epilogue.